Onions are the most popular vegetables in the UK, with a myriad of uses for everyday cooking. YouGov polling has found them the fourth most used, with an 83 percent favourability rate behind potatoes, carrots and new potatoes. People will happily make them a regular fixture of their food shop, but they could also grow them.
How to plant onion bulbs
Those interested in growing their own food have an ideal opportunity coming up.
Experts recommend people plant onions during a small window between early spring or September.
People should aim to have their bulbs in soil between mid-March and April.
People should stop feeding the onions by mid-summer, ensuring they have continued weeding them up until then.
The ideal time to harvest onions is some time between July and September.
Signs of a ready harvest include foliage yellowing or starting to topple over.
People should extract the bulbs before the foliage dies and place them on a rack indoors until “dry and papery”.