Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 17th July 2016.
Onion seeds are sown in February in my garden and transplanted to an Ecobed inJune.
They area useful addition to our diet used with garlic in vegetable based soups and casseroles. We like them when used with organic sage
and breadcrumbs to make a tasty stuffing for poultry dishes, and we love their sweetness when used in a combo of suitable vegetables roasted with beef, lamb or pork.
Black aphids are the main pests attacking alliums in our garden. They appear as soon as the weather starts to warm in late winter/early spring.
If they are caught early, a couple of foliar sprays of organic horticultural oil a couple of days apart is usually enough to stop them in their tracks.
Spray early in the morning to avoid killing beneficial insects, and avoid over spray of neighbouring plants for the same reason.
Onions keep well for up to 9 months if dried and hung in bunches in a dark dry place.
The soil must be kept moist until the tops begin to die back in summer.
Clear space for onions in May and apply a 60mm layer of thermal compost covered with 50mm of fresh straw mulch.
Leave for 4
weeks to build up worm and microbial activity before planting.
Sow onion seeds under cover in February. Scatter the seeds on the surface of an organic seed growing mix in a punnet, and lightly cover them with sieved growing mix..
the punnet for an hour in a tray containing 10mm of water (preferably
rainwater). The water will wick up into the soil without flooding it.
Sink the punnet 15mm deep in a Eco Propagator. This will
keep the soil moist until the seedlings are ready to
transplant. Protect the seedlings against frost.
After about 12 weeks, remove the young seedlings from the punnet and carefully
In the prepared bed, make rows 100 mm apart, and plant the seedlings at 100 mm centres along each row.
a hole for each seedling about 50 mm deep with a dibber (your finger
will do) and hold the seedling in the hole so that about 20mm of the
stem is below the surface. Backfill with soil and water in with rainwater.
Cover the soil with fresh mulch as soon as
the onions are established.
Give them space to prevent other plants from shading them
Onions should be protected against slugs and snails using self adhesive copper
tape bonded around the base of your Ecobeds.
these molluscs get into your Ecobed as eggs laid in your compost, kill
them with organically approved iron based snail pellets as soon as you
discover them. You should only need to use a small number of pellets.
applications of aerated compost tea boost the natural defences of
onions by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
They defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of thermal compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes, which defend the plants roots against plant pathogens.
Exclusion netting stops birds digging up worms in your Ecobed.