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by Hawthorn Farm
Direct seed in early spring in rich, well drained soil as soon as soil can be worked. Sow seed 1.5 cm deep and 1.5 cm apart in rows or bands. For short season gardens, start indoors 8-12 weeks before last frost date. When seedlings reach 12 cm in height cut them back to 3 cm in order to thicken then up. Plant out 10-15 cm apart. Keep evenly moist and weed free especially when seedlings are small. Harvest sweet eating onions anytime after bulb formation. For storage onions, allow tops to fall over and field cure for a week or so to dry the skins then harvest.