How to grow and care for hellebores
Name: onion, Allium cepa varieties
Foliage: grey-green or bluish.
Climate: cold temperate, warm temperate, arid/semi-arid, sub-tropical and tropical.
Soil: prefers deep, well-drained soil.
Position: full sun.
Flowering: usually harvested before flowering.
Feeding: regular feeding with a complete garden fertiliser.
Watering: regular watering will produce the best bulbs.
Onions start out with a fan of hollow tubular foliage, and as they grow will eventually form the round edible bulb so commonly used in cooking.
The range of dishes in which onions can be used is immense. Curries, stews, sauces, soups and stir-fries are just a few. Onions can be barbecued, roasted or fried for use as a side dish—fried onions are the classic accompaniment to a sausage in bread. Yum! Raw onions, especially the red varieties, are often used in salads. Small onions can be pickled and whole young green plants can be used as spring onions.
Onions will grow in most areas, provided you select the varieties grown locally, as the ability to form the bulbs is affected by elements such as climate and the length of the day.
Once they are growing, onions don’t need a lot of care. Keep weeds away and water regularly so the soil is damp, but not wet. Using an occasional liquid fertiliser will help to form strong plants.
When grown in a sunny, breezy position in a garden bed with good drainage, onions suffer from few problems. Spacing the plants well to avoid overcrowding also helps.
If growing spring onions, the plants are ready to harvest as soon as they are large enough. These will store for a little while in the fridge, but it is best to use them straight from the garden.
Garlic: a tasty ingredient for many dishes that is easy to grow and stores well.
Carrot: a crispy orange vegetable that can be used cooked or eaten raw.
Pumpkin: a trailing plant that will cover a lot of ground and even climb over fences and other structures.
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