There are many excellent ways on how to grow spring onions that will produce beautiful and tasty green crops in the garden. These are full of flavor and very easy to grow. It is important that you understand the basics on how to grow them. You must plant these bulbs on a good soil with lots of light and moisture. This article provides several suggestions on how to grow the bulbs in your garden and provide a good crop for you in the coming season.
To begin, you need to prepare the soil properly by putting in copious amounts of coarse sand, peat moss, perlite and compost. Then you need to make sure that it is well drained, especially if you live in an area that has cool weather. When the soil is ready, you can begin planting the bulbs. You need to plant the bulbs at least six to eight inches apart depending on the size of your garden. To control the amount of light they get you should direct their bulbs toward a south facing wall or post. To prevent the plants from spreading up their roots you should put them in a hole with at least three feet of space between each plant.
After the bulbs have been planted you should cover them with a plastic covering. The idea is to provide protection and insulate the bulbs from strong temperatures and wind. Another option you have is to use aluminum foil or old newspaper to cover the bulb. Just be sure that the outside leaves do not block the bulbs from absorbing as much sunlight as possible.
Since the bulbs are exposed to intense light during their growing stage, you need to provide them with as much natural light as possible. The easiest way to do this is to use a fluorescent bulb over the plant to provide more light during the day. One suggestion, you might hear is to place the bulb over the plant during the night time hours. Some people claim that using plastic chairs around the vegetable patch will encourage growth of spring onions.
The main concern for most gardeners is harvesting their crop. When you plant the bulbs they will not bear fruit or sprout until the late winter or early spring. In order to harvest them you will have to pull the whole plant, separate the bulbs into two piles, one with the dry bulbs and one with the water soaked ones. It is important to remember not to pick at the tender, green leaves because they contain chlorophyll and will slowly burn the person who picks. The best way to harvest them is to leave the young, tender bulbs on the end of the bed or in a small pile to dry up on their own.
Harvesting should be done immediately after the bulbs have dried up. How to grow spring onions will be greatly enhanced if they are harvested right after the green downy mildew-covered leaves start to turn colors from golden yellow to silver. You can take a pair of tongs and carefully pull each leaf on its stalk, taking care not to damage the bulb. This can easily be accomplished by twisting the stem, which will also assist in keeping the leaves from falling off.
Once the leaves turn color, gently push the stem down. When the young shoots emerge from the stem, they will form the desired number of leaves to produce more spring onions. When harvesting, make sure that the seed is removed, because only the young leaves will grow. Once the flower heads have grown, leave them to dry up completely, out of your view.
When cooking, try to remove as much of the sulphur as possible before cooking. This sulphur gives spring onions their distinctive flavour and colour. If the bulb is not easily accessible, the best option is to boil the bulb. When using a crock pot to cook the bulbs, make sure all the leaves are cooked and there are no big chunks left. To prevent burning, do not add any oil to the water while cooking. When fully cooked, store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge.