Spring onions (Allium fistulosum) may be part of the onion family, but they don’t form a round bulb like a regular onion does – and they have a milder taste. So they’re ideal as raw ingredients in salads or cooked in a sauce. What’s more, you can use the entire plant from the small white bulbous portion to the delicious green leaves.
It’s very easy to grow your own spring onions, even in pots. The plant grows upwards so you don’t need much space and it can easily be planted between other veggies. They’re also fairly easy to grow directly from seed.
Pests and diseases
Spring onions don’t have that many enemies and their sharp aroma also repels pests from other veggies.
To avoid soil diseases, rotate your crop on an annual basis.
Once the plants have reached a height of about 10cm, thin them out to rows about 20cm apart – although this changes from variety to variety, so read the instructions on the seed packet carefully.
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