Anybody up north ever try planing onion seeds in the winter right before
the ground freezes? I never have much luck growing onion seeds (I
always get them in the ground too late if I direct sow, and planting
them in a flat doesn't work well for me) but I often get volunteer chive
seedlings in the flower beds and they do just fine. Maybe onions are
like dill and like to overwinter before they sprout.
I've collected seeds from my red onions this year and thinking about
planting them out in November and see what happens.
Certainly worth a try. Let us know how it works.
We start our onions indoors in individual paper tubes set in a flat.
Usually start them in February and set them out in mid-May. By
planting tube and all they suffer absolutely no set back and we have
good luck with that system.
It's easy to make a form for wrapping the newspaper tubes used in the
system. If anyone is interested I can post short instructions.
Yes, that's about it. I use about an 8 inch length of 1-1/4 inch
diameter dowel so there's a bit of a handle. I counterbore a 1 inch
diameter hole about an inch deep in one end. Just wrap the newspaper
pieces around, with about an inch extending over the conterbored end.
Fold the paper up into the counterbore which keeps the tube from
unraveling then set them in a flat and fill with seed starting medium.
I use a photo paper cutter to make hundreds of uniform sized pieces of
PVC or ABS would probably work OK. I'm not sure about iron because you
want something that the finished paper tubes will slide off of easily.
Then there's the weight thing, you don't want to end up with carpal
tunnel syndrome just from making seed starting tubes ;-).
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