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ON THE VEG PATCH

PLANT ONION SETS

STEP 1: Small sets are the easiest way to grow onions. These part-formed bulbs should be disease-free and all ready to grow when planted. White varieties often grow larger bulbs than red ones. Choose sets that are firm and haven’t started to sprout – plants from large sets are more likely to bolt and tiny ones take too long to get growing. Discard any that show signs of mould.

STEP 2: Dig compost or well-rotted manure into the bed and firm the soil before planting. You can tread on the bed provided soil isn’t wet and sticky. Rake some wood ash or powdered seaweed into the surface, to provide potash. Add a scatter of lime to acid soils and then either plant direct or through holes cut in a mulch of weighted down black plastic. Soil must be kept moist underneath.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: On the Veg Patch Joyce Russell’s top March jobs include planting onion sets and potatoes, sowing and buying in pollinating plants and strawberries In the Greenhouse Yorkshire-based gardener Martin Fish pots citrus, harvests curly kale, pricks out tender crops and sows seeds in the border Rekha's Garden and Kitchen Diary (New Series) In her first KG article Rekha, former contestant on BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge, takes us through her gardening month And much more!