Sunday, February 23, 2014

Onions and Leeks - Germinating and Planning

Tiny Onions Just Beginning to Emerge

The onions and leeks are starting to come up!  One hundred seeds were sown in each of the pots, so there are many more seeds to germinate. 

Rather than planting our onions in one bed (as we did last year), I've decided to plant them throughout the garden alongside those plants with which they are most compatible. 
Here's a clip from a great book I'm reading called Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte:
Onion (Allium cepa) 
Onions and all members of the Cabbage family get along well with each other. They also like beets, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce, summer savory, and chamomile (sparsely), but do not like peas and beans. Ornamental relations of the onions are useful as protective companions for roses.   
Since onion maggots travel from plant to plant when set in a row, scatter your onion plants throughout the garden.  
Leek (Allium porrum) 
Leeks are good plants to grow with celery and onions, and also are benefited by carrots. Returning the favor, leeks repel carrot flies.

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