For this month’s planting guide, we focus on spring onions. When you buy a bunch of spring onions from the greengrocer, you usually only use one or two in a recipe. You can store them in the fridge wrapped in newspaper, but it is easier to save them by planting them in the garden or in a pot.
Cut the green leaf back by at least half and plant it, root side down so the root and white part of the bulb, as well as about 1cm of the green stem, are beneath the soil. Before planting, the garden soil should be improved with compost. You can also plant them in a pot filled with potting mix. Water well.
The onions will regrow their leaves and you can either harvest the leafy green top so it continues to grow or pull up the whole root when you also want to eat the white onion.
The onions will get bigger with time if you leave it in the ground, and eventually will become as big as a leek!
What to Plant in June
- Broad beans
- Brussel sprouts
- Chinese cabbage
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