Alan Titchmarsh shares trick for growing ‘healthy beautiful’ onions

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Alan Titchmarsh is a gardener and broadcaster who usually shares gardening tips with his fans on social media. The gardener also presents Love Your Small Garden on ITV.

Alan shared a video on how to grow onions successfully.

He captioned the video: “How to grow your own onions!”

“When it comes to growing your own food, it is enormously satisfying,” the gardener said.

“The thing to do with onions is to plant them in the ground and beef them up a bit with garden compost or a bag of soil enrichment if you want,” he explained.

The gardener then placed a tort garden line to separate the different kinds of onions, which is very useful if you choose to plant different types.

“I then start to plant against that,” he said.

Alan advised not to plant them too deep.

“Take a little onion bulb and put it in so it just disappears from view.”

However, he stressed never to leave the bulb top showing.

“Because if you leave the top showing, blackbirds very obligingly come and pull them out,” he said.

Regarding the distance between bulbs, ideally, there should be six inches and one foot between rows.

“Space about six inches between bulbs,” he explained.

“Rows should be between a foot apart.”

He continued: “This is the trick to grow healthy beautiful onions which will turn into full-grown onions by the end of the year.

“Now just wait and eventually they will come up large and beautiful.”

But when is the best time to plant onions?

The best time to plant onions is after the summer, in September or October, although August is a good time to sow Spring Onions.

They are ready to harvest when the foliage starts turning yellow and topples over.

For sets planted in September, this should be from July.

For spring-planted sets harvesting will be from late summer to the early autumn.

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