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Dubious about potting soil

I'm planting onions in tubs right now and I'm rather iffy about the soil from one of the packs. It smelled odd compared to the other packs and was slightly paler, just enough to noice. Have I made a ...
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Onion sets and rain

I'm in the UK. planted snowball onion sets a few days go (soil was potting mix. They're in tubs with holes in the bottom.) There are days of heavy rain ahead, will they be all right?
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Green onions planted in potting soil smell intensely of potting soil

I recently bought some green onions from the supermarket and decided to try replanting some of them in a planter box on my balcony. I saved the bottom 4-5 inches of three onions and planted them in ...
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Identification: which species of Allium is this?

I am trying to identify this Allium. It was present in our garden when we moved in. It grows well every year, but then the tops fall over and die by early Summer without flowering. Numerous other ...
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Onion(not peel) water for fertilizer?

I have heard several times that onion peel water is very good for fertilizer, but I never heard about onion itself. Is it good or bad for plants? I only heard if it can be used for insecticide, but I ...
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How to push the onion bulb grow the leaf rather than the root?

I pant an onion bulb for decorating purpose as below It seems that the bulb only grow the roots, not the leaf when I want it to grow the leaf on the top, could you please let me know how to sort it ...
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Why don't my seedlings make true leaves?

I'm trying to start seedlings inside in order to lengthen my growing season (I live in northern New England). I have heating mats, and grow lights. I'm currently trying to start tomatoes, brussel ...
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Egyptian walking onions; perennial how?

Are Egyptian walking onions strictly perennial (by this I mean that the same plant base will regrow the next year) or only perennial in the sense that they fall over and replant the bulbils as “new” ...
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How many times can an onion regrow?

I have observed that plants like an onion or spinach, after having been harvested for their leaves, will continue to regrow their leaves. My question is how many times can we keep regrowing them with ...
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White rot on some of my onions do I need to lift the whole crop

I have lifted a couple of my onions today that had gone a little dry and have discovered white rot on the roots, I lifted another and this one has no sign. Do I need to lift the whole crop straight ...
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Onions getting pointed tips to stalks?

For the first time ever I have grown onions from onion sets, they seemed to be doing really well, lush thick green “leaves” but suddenly I am getting what I can only describe as pointed caps to the ...
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Beans and Onions Stopped Growing

I'm a new gardener who decided to try raised bed gardening this year due to living in South Eastern North Carolina where's there's a lot of sandy soil. I followed some advice on companion planting ...
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How are onions planted?

From what I've read there seem to be two ways to plant onions - either put part of an onion in the ground, or leave one in the ground for two years and then plant the seed from the resulting flower. ...
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can a purple onion plant thrive on water-only?

Is this article, 29 Plants That Grow in Water Only (Without a Hydroponic System) accurate, that is, can a plant thrive with only water? I ask this question since, from the half of a purple onion grew ...
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Why doesn't onion bulb sprout?

Usually when my store bought onions starts to sprout, I plant them in a plastic container filled with water and get some green onion. This time I decided not to wait until onion starts to sprout. I ...
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Spring onion regrowth and seeding

I have been growing spring onions and am not sure whether or not I am regrowing them the best way. I have a few questions. I have been cutting the spring onions at their base so that the regrow and I ...
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Will chives produce a good yield indoors if I transplant them from outside?

Last year I planted chive onions outside. Today I discovered that they survived. If I transplant them indoors, will they survive and produce a good yield?
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How can I store onion bulbs?

I just got six gallons of red onion bulbs for planting, since the store was getting rid of them at 50¢/gallon. I intend to plant them late fall and let them go over winter, since that worked so well ...
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My onion plant is dying

I had some onions sitting on the counter for a long time and one of them sprouted, so I planted it in a flower plot to see what would happen. At first it grew well, sprouting several long green fronds....
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Weed Identification

I found this weed in my veggie patch and I was wondering if anyone could identify it and maybe provide some information about it. Key Information Canberra, Australia. Only seen in the last day. ...
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Will applying twenty year old cow manure hurt my vegetable garden?

I'm cleaning out my barn. It's old cow manure that's been in there for 20 years. I put a bunch of it on the garden, which has clay soil. I'm growing tomatoes, peppers and onions. Will this hurt my ...
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How do I improve my success rate at growing scallions in bottles of water from onion heads

When I was younger, my family would grow scallions by taking an old glass bottle, filling it with water to the brim, and putting a regular onion head on the bottle so its bottom would touch water. It ...
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What are these little black bugs on my Chives, Welsh and Spring Onions?

What are these little black bugs in my Chives, Welsh and Spring onions? They don't seem to be eating anything, they are clustered around the base and a short way up some of the stems.
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Does garlic being green automatically mean it will sprout?

I purchased some elephant garlic from Walmart after it was beginning to break apart on its own, the center was a spongy consistency, but there hasn't been a shoot from any of the bulbs after a week. ...
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How do I transplant walking onion?

I got some walking onion from someone at the community garden, and was wondering if I should take anything into consideration when planting them. There was a little bit of damage to them, and one stem ...
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Do any bulbing bunching onion varieties multiply like potato onions?

Do bulbing bunching onions multiply like non-bulbing ones and potato onions, do? According to one source, there is a non-bulbing variety that does multiply (and is a perennial): the He Shi Ko ...
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How many walking onions will a walking onion produce in a season?

I'm thinking about putting some walking onions in the garden, and was wondering how fast they will populate the garden.
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What's the environmentally safe way to get rid of worms that eat the vegetable plants?

We have broccoli, kale and onion in one of our vegetable beds. Some tiny worms are eating the leaves of both broccoli and kale. My question is, what are some of the environmentally safe ways to ...
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What is the value of powdered onion as a fertilizer or soil amendment?

Hypothetically speaking, if I have a whole bunch of onions that I powdered, what value might that powder have as a fertilizer or soil amendment for plants like tomatoes, peppers and cucurbits (just ...
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Plant Identification: Allium Species

I'd like to ask what plants these are from the left to the right (scientific name would be better)? I bought the left one 2 years ago, and the seller said that it was Welsh onion. However, when I ...
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How do I propagate onions from an onion bulb?

I am trying to grow an onion plant from an onion bulb after learning vegetative propagation. I do in this way: Phase 1: Put the onion on a piece of wet tissue, wait for it to grow a shoot with a ...
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How can I keep birds away from seed onions?

I've just planted onions in garden and I've found little birds trying to steal the small onions today. How can I keep birds from stealing the onions?
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What can I do to grow larger green onions?

I am growing green onions from cuttings but have been dissatisfied with the outcome. My green onions are scrawny. Even when I've added some compost from decayed leaf cuttings, the green onions haven't ...
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Growing onions from an onion

I would like to experiment on growing onions form an onion, instead of buying each year seeds, sets or little plants. I heard that planting one onion does not immediately gives more onions. Opposite ...
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Is it possible to grow bulb onions in a container garden?

I have a rather large balcony and love onions. Is it possible to grow bulb onions in a container? What would the minimum dimensions of a container have to be to grow them? Could they be co-planted ...
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What is the ideal onion spacing/layout?

I purchased some onions to plant in a small planter on my apartment balcony. The planter also contains some lettuces/greens, parsley, basil, and sage. The onions came in a little box as nursery plants ...
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Should I lift my onion crop?

Looks like my onion crop is done (end of August). The green part has died right back and I've got just the bulb sat a little way into the soil. I don't have a good rodent-proof cool dry dark outdoor ...
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How and for how long can home-grown onions be stored?

How should I prepare home-grown white or yellow onions for long-term storage? This answer says the ideal conditions for storing onion sets for re-planting and storing mature onions is the same, but ...
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Should I replant same year onion sets?

In the early Spring, I planted a bunch of these seeds. I just threw them out there and they grew very close together. I picked them last night after most of the bulbs were exposed I was just going ...
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Should I knock over the tops of onions when they get to a certain height?

I was told two years ago that it is a good idea to knock over the top of an onion plant to encourage it to grow bigger in the middle. That worked good two years ago, but it didn't work at all last ...
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Onion seeds v. onion sets

You see onion seeds for sale but the literature, TV and advice from fellow gardeners always talks about onion sets and it feels as if sets is all anyone ever bothers with. So who are the seeds for? ...
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Why does one of my onion varieties (Red Baron) invariably bolt?

I plant onion sets every spring and, with the exception of Red Baron, they all flourish. The Red Baron variety invariably bolt in early summer, although they are planted and fed in exactly the same ...
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