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Published On: Fri, Sep 29th, 2017

Guide for Growing Onions at Home

By Dr. Mercola

If you ever find yourself in the kitchen wondering what to dream up for dinner, you know how often onions play at least a supporting role in the final presentation. Chopped in salads, sautéed with bell peppers or emanating their savory essence in soups and casseroles, the versatility of onions makes cooking less of a chore and more of an adventure.

But that could also be said of growing onions, whether you want to grow sweet onions, red onions, leeks, shallots, chives or scallions (aka green onions). Because they’re a cool-weather crop, they can be sown indoors in early spring or planted outdoors and covered with about a quarter inch of soil. It’s amazing how quickly they sprout; you should see their green sprouts emerging from the ground in seven to 10 days.

Onions, says master gardener Brandon Marshall, can be grown from seed, sets or transplants. Here’s an interesting tip: Round onion sets will produce a flattened onion, while a tear-shaped or elongated onion produce a round onion, Marshall says. Ironically, large sets grow green onions while the smaller ones are left in the ground to form bulbs. Rodale’s Organic Life explains the differences:

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