They were sown in John Innes No.1 compost in little 3-inch pots, about 5 or 6 seeds to a pot, on February 4th (coincidentally, the first seeds I sowed this year).
The pots were initially kept in one of my little plastic mini-greenhouses.
When I felt they were big enough to be transplanted, I put them in one of my raised beds, keeping the 5 or 6 seedlings together in a clump. This was on 5th April.
|Bed prepared for Leeks under grilles at Left. Florence onions in Centre, protected by sticks. "Sturon" onion sets at Right.|
This is 24th May, with the onions now about the thickness of a pencil.
This is 2nd July, with the onions showing definite signs of bulbing-up.
11th July - getting quite fat now.
23rd July. Some of them have developed a very deep purple colouring. They look nearly ready.
28th July. I picked a couple to test what they were like.
The test onions were used in two different salads and proved to be very nice indeed - lovely and sweet and not at all harsh when eaten raw.
So here we are today, 31st July, and I have picked all the remainder of them - a further 31 onions.
The weather forecast says that today and tomorrow will be mainly sunny for us, so the onions will be outside for a while, but I have rigged up a drying-rack in the garage, where I will put them if (when) the rain returns on Wednesday as forecast.
I think these onions are great. They look stunning, were easy to grow, and (most importantly) taste nice. What's not to like?
Growing them was very easy. After planting-out it was simply a case of watering every now and then (for instance during the very hot spell in June), and removing the occasional weed. And best of all, none of them bolted - unlike their "Red Baron" cousins!
By the way, some people have commented that these onions look like shallots. Indeed they do, but the difference is this: one onion seed or set produces one onion, whereas one shallot seed or set splits into several separate bulbs. So now you know!