10 Tips For Growing Onions {Like A Boss}

Are you a firm believer that you absolutely suck at gardening?

Well, my beautiful reader you, I am here to tell you to PLANT SOME STINKIN’ ONIONS! (No pun intended…)

They are literally the easiest thing in the world to grow….wait….can I make that claim?

Let me think……


Yep, it’s the absolute easiest thing to grow.

Here are some tips to get ya started!

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10 Tips For Growing Onions {Like A Boss} 

1)Don’t fertilize! Surprise! A plant that doesn’t really like to be fed. You get to save money on onions, because all you really need to do is water.

2)They’re masters of disguise! Onions will look healthy even if they are bone dry, be sure to water during drought conditions.

3)Loosen the ground! Before planting onions, remove all rocks and hard soil from bed, dig a trench and fill with loose fertilized soil. The unions will be expanding in the ground, so make sure the dirt isn’t too rocky, or compact.

4)Spacing! If you are planting green onions, then you would only need to plant them an inch apart. However, if you are planting extra large onions, you would need to leave enough room for them to grow to their full potential, and a little bit more. If you ended up not allowing enough space, you can always transplant them later.

5)Early harvest!Plant extra if you want to harvest some onions early, long before they form bulbs, to use as scallions.

6) Plant more than you think you need! Not every seed will take, and you can re-arrange the onions later if you ended up planting too closely.

7)Lots of sun! Choose an area with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.

8)Keep gross maggots away from your food! Onion Root Maggots lay eggs near the base of onion plants. Covering new seedlings will prevent eggs being laid. Diatomaceous earth  is also effective. I distribute it using a large old spice container, by poofing it through the smaller holes.

9)Save money on water! If you use a hose or sprinkler to water your garden, remember it’s best to water early in the morning rather than during the heat of the day. Too much water is lost to evaporation if you water when the sun is high.

10)Hurry, it’s coming! Be sure to harvest in late summer, before cool weather. Mature onions may spoil in fall weather.


How many onions are you planting this year?

7 Thoughts on “10 Tips For Growing Onions {Like A Boss}

  1. I’ve only had so so luck with onions. I think I’ve planted them too deep before, and then our growing season is so short I let them over winter. That turned out pretty good actually, except that they did have a hard stem through the center…..

  2. I thought I heard once that you could grow onions in a plastic garbage can? Am I remembering things wrong? Maybe it’s potatoes? I don’t have a good area for a garden so I do a lot of pots on the back deck.

  3. I really think even I can follow this! I’m currently trying leeks on the bench…

  4. Thank you for this! I’d love to be able to grow some onions!

  5. I absolutely love growing my own onions! I do this all the time by planting the ends of all the green onions or simply planting garlic cloves as they go bad! I tell everyone too! It’s so easy!

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