Onion, Evergreen Bunching Nebuka

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Geography/History:
Onions have the distinction of being one of the oldest cultivated plants in recorded history. Although it is unclear where they originated, it is believed to have been Asia. We do know that the ancient Egyptians ate them commonly, as there is an inscription on one of the Great Pyramids stating that a sum amounting to “1600 talents” had been paid for onions, radishes and garlic to feed the workers who were building it.

 

Nutritional Value:
Onions are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and calcium and contain a variety of beneficial phytochemicals. The green leaves are rich in vitamin A.

Sun:                             Full
Spacing:                    1″
Height:                        10″ – 14”
Optimum Soil Ph:    6.0 to 7.0
Days To Maturity:    55
Sowing Method:       Directly Outdoors

Planting/Growing Tips:

  • Prepare the soil in the vegetable garden. Loosen the row for the bunching  onions by turning it with a garden spade. Incorporate peat moss and compost by  putting a 1-inch layer of each on top of the soil. Dig them in by turning the  soil with a shovel a second time. Rake the row smooth when you’re  finished.

  • Make a small furrow the length of the row with the end of the handle of your  garden trowel.

  • Plant bunching onion seeds by sprinkling them into the furrow. Push soil over  the top of the seeds so they are buried 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Firm the soil with  your hand or the back of a hoe.

  • Water the newly planted seeds with a hose nozzle set to a fine mist. Check  the seed row daily, and mist as necessary to keep the soil moist until the seeds  germinate in approximately seven to 14 days.

  • Thin the seedlings to stand 1 inch apart when they are approximately 2 to 3  inches high. Use the thinned onion seedlings the same way you would use  chives.

  • Water the onions regularly if rainfall is scarce. Ensure they receive 1 1/2  inches of water per week.

  • Spray the foliage with water-soluble, all-purpose fertilizer every 10 to 14  days, beginning when the seedlings are 6 inches high. Mix the fertilizer with  water, and apply it to the foliage with a hose-end sprayer. Spray the plants  early in the morning so they can dry before exposure to the midday  sun.

  • Harvest bunching onions when they reach the diameter of a pencil. Grasp the  onion close to the ground, and pull straight upward. Remove every other onion  when harvesting. The space you leave between onions will enable those in the  ground to continue growing.

 

 

 

 

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