Monday, February 25, 2013

Trying a Little Organic Gardening this Year? It's Time to Plant Your Onion Seeds Indoors.

Want to grow some sweet organic onions from seed this year? (You can buy the seeds now at Art Knapps). It's so easy! February or early March is the time to start them indoors. You can also sew them directly outdoors into your garden from purchased onion sets in April.

To start onion seedlings indoors, fill a container nearly to the top with a seed starting mix and then make two furrows, about 1/2-inch deep, for the onion seeds. Sprinkle seeds in the furrows and cover them lightly with more soil mix. Label the container with the name of the onion variety. Keep the container in a warm place.
Once the onion seeds germinate, keep the young plants in a sunny south window. Keep the seedlings short and stocky by cutting the top inch or so of growth once or twice. Use the trimmings in salads, soups or sandwiches.

In late April or May, make a furrow in the garden. For more information go here:

Backyard gardening is great for the environment! If you don't have a back yard, you can grow lots of fresh vegetables successfully in pots! We will be posting a separate post about the environmental / physical and economical benefits of growing your own food in our next post.

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Bonus Facts:
West Coast Seeds has a complete chart on when to start your vegetables either in or out doors in the lower mainland of BC:

Here is a quick reference for vegetable seed starting dates in February for Vancouver!

  • Direct sow:-broad beans, radishes and peas in the garden.
  • Start Indoors:-celery, leek, sweet onion, parsley and peppers

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