This year I’m growing my onions from sets. They’ve been in the ground for two weeks, and they’re already off to a great start. If planting onions is still on your to do list, here are step-by-step instructions:
Onions need to be planted two inches deep and three to four inches apart. To avoid digging a gazillion holes, I had my husband build me a dibble that stamps nine holes at a time. Since I was planting a 3×6′ bed, that meant I only had to stamp my dibble 18 times. Compare that to the 162 holes that I would have had to dig otherwise, and you can see what a useful tool it is.
Once you have your holes, drop an onion set into each one. Then, cover the holes back over with soil, give the bed a good watering, and that’s all there is to it.
More About Planting Onions
- Onions should be planted four to six weeks before the last frost for your area
- Weed your onion bed regularly with a hoe, but avoid pulling weeds, as this may damage the onion roots
- Mulching is a great way to cut down on the weeds in the bed
- Onions require an inch of water each week. Water them during dry spells