Onions are some of the most versatile vegetables to grow in your garden. Here is everything you need to know to start growing onions for your garden this year. 

What type of onion should I grow?

Plant what is suited for your climate and seasonal patterns. It’s extremely important to pick the right onion for your latitude.

There are three ways to start growing your own onions. Transplants, onion sets, or seeds. I prefer to use onion sets.

Remove the onion sets from the box and keep them in a cool spot.  Test your soil. Onions grow best in soil with a pH between 6.2 and 6.8. 

If using transplants or sets, plant 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost.

What Should I Do First?

Start Planting.

If you’re planting from onion sets, make planting holes 2 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart. Place the set pointed end up and fill in the rest of the hole. 

How do I take care of my growing onions?

They needs lots of water, but if you see yellowing on the leaves, decrease the amount of water. When the tops start falling over, stop watering to let the tops dry out. The best pH for onions is 6.2 to 6.8. Check your soil every few weeks to see if it needs fertilizer.


Harvest the onions when the tops turn brown or yellow and fall to the side.

 Give the leaves a good pull and the whole thing comes out.

Pull the onions when you can dry the onions in the sun for two days.


Once the leaves are dry all the way to the bulb, clip the roots of the onion at the bottom and cut the tops, too.

Dried bulbs will keep for around four months to a year in a net to permit airflow.

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