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Plant onions and garlic now for spring harvest

Plant onion seed now to have bulbs ready for harvest next spring.

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM.

Plant onions and garlic now for spring harvest

Interested in cultivating sweet, homegrown onions and flavorful garlic in your own backyard? If so, now is the time to plant. Growing onions from seed and garlic from cloves is easy to do in home gardens. Onions and garlic have few pest problems, and crops started now will be ready for harvest in spring. Ensure your success by preparing your soil well and choosing varieties recommended for the south.

 

Soil Preparation

Onions and garlic need good soil conditions and full sun to grow well. Good drainage is essential. So is a rich, loamy soil with plenty of organic matter. Raised beds are ideal for growing onions and garlic since they provide good drainage and can easily be amended by tilling two- to three-inch of compost into the soil.

Onions and garlic grow best when the soil pH ranges from 6.0 to 6.5. If you have acidic soil, you will need to add lime. To find out your soil pH, and if lime and nutrients need to be added, submit soil samples to the NC Department of Agriculture for free analysis. Soil test boxes, forms and instructions are available from any Cooperative Extension office and completed samples can also be dropped off at any Extension office for free shipping to the NCDA Soil Test Lab in Raleigh. Your results will be posted online, usually within two to three weeks of submitting samples.

 



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