Spring Onions Easy Steps to Establish
To Plant Spring
Onions is as easy as counting one, two three! You will need seeds, a garden
hoe, a planting cane and string, a garden fork and a metal rake.
Spring onions should be planted in sunny or partially shaded sites that are sheltered from the wind. Prepare the soil by loosening the soil with a fork to a fine tilth. If the soils are poor, use well rotten organic manure. The recommended amount is 10tons/ha. Use a rake to create a level surface.
Spring onions should be planted in shallow rows called drills that are 2.5cm deep and 30cm apart across the field. Using a planting cane and a string make straight drills. Drop the seeds on the drills. The recommended rate is 6kg/ha and seeds can be obtained at the local Stockist. After putting the seeds on the drills, cover the drills with a hoe and gently make the surface firm with the backside of a metal rake.
After 1-1.5 months, thinning is done leaving 8cm gaps between plants. The thinned plants can be transplanted elsewhere.
During the growing season, watering is done regularly to keep the soil moist and free from weeds throughout the growing season. Spring onions are shallow rooted therefore care should be taken to avoid root damage.
The spring Green Bunching takes 70days to mature while the white Lisbon takes 60 days. Spring onions mature so fast that they tend not to suffer from pests and diseases. Make sure the soil is rich enough to support their fast growth. Yields of over 17tons/ha are achievable.
Farmers with small pieces of land can enter into the farming of spring onions, as they are easy with a wide range of climatic conditions. They prefer warm to hot temperatures ranging from 15 to 30 degrees Celsius and altitudes from sea level to 1,900m. Spring Green Bunching variety is suitable for both cool and warm areas.
Spring onions are commonly used as vegetable salads or as seasoning in soups. Regular consumption of green onions has shown to lower blood sugar, decrease high Cholesterol and blood pressure levels, reduce the risk of developing colon and other cancers as well as reduce inflammations.