Merry Christmas Eve! Time to Start the Onions…

I know I said I would start the onion seeds in early January, but I just couldn’t wait! The chervil and parsley have done so well, that I’m eager to start more seeds. When I wake up in the morning and see a new sprout poking its head out of the soil, it’s like Christmas morning!

I’m growing Evergreen White Bunching onions and I’m trying my luck with Walla Wallas. Both of these seed packets are old so I expect a much lower germination rate. For this reason, I’m going to sow six seeds of the Evergreen White Bunching in one pot and four Walla Walla seeds in another pot. I know these numbers seem ridiculously low (I’m limiting myself four onions this year), but I don’t have much grow light room to work with, so I’m trying to grow what I can with one pot per crop. If all goes well, I can try succession planting as I move things out into the garden and make room in my grow light set up.

The Walla Walla onion seed packet says to plant them 1/2″ deep, and if starting seeds indoors, aim to plant seeds 8-12 weeks before moving them outside. At this rate, I’ll have onions planted in the ground in mid-February.

The Evergreen White Bunching says to plant them 1/4″ deep. Evergreen White Bunching onions are a green onion, which I hope will be particularly amenable to succession planting. If they germinate, I might try starting a new crop every 2-4 weeks indoors.

All planted!

I don’t want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don’t care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree

I just want you for onions of my own
More than you could ever know grow
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you onions

It doesn’t rhyme. Who cares? Merry Christmas!

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