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Glad the onion seeding worked out well for you, we did ours yesterday. I'm never going back to those little tray pots, takes too long.
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DocDoesFarming wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2023 9:34 pm
Glad the onion seeding worked out well for you, we did ours yesterday. I'm never going back to those little tray pots, takes too long.
It's certainly easier to keep them weed free than growing in soil, every time I walk past can pluck out any emerging weeds.

Do you trim the seedlings at all ? I think it might have been Charles Dowding that mentioned it promotes root growth if you do but haven't tried it myself.

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Mon Sep 11, 2023 9:04 pm

Your method for onion seeds works a charm, we've now got quite a few flat trays of onion seedlings dotted around and thinking about maybe starting a few more.
So I’m curious about Doc’s onion seed method… what thread should I search out?

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donguri wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2023 7:28 am
So I’m curious about Doc’s onion seed method… what thread should I search out?
Sorry I don't think it's in a thread, we were chatting on Line and I was complaining about loosing so many to weeds when I sow them in the ground and he explained how he does them. Perhaps @DocDoesFarming can give a brief run down of his method, it's pretty simple.

Here is what I have at the moment, the ones I sowed this week are a bit denser.

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Seems quite easy and no loss to weeds.

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donguri wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2023 7:28 am
Zasso Nouka wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2023 9:04 pm

Your method for onion seeds works a charm, we've now got quite a few flat trays of onion seedlings dotted around and thinking about maybe starting a few more.
So I’m curious about Doc’s onion seed method… what thread should I search out?
You basically just need a tray of some sort about 5cm+ deep filled with potting soil and you lightly scatter the seeds and cover with soil again. Saves a ton of time because you just take that tray to your onion rows and replant.
Depending how much seeds you scatter in the roots might knot together but it's easy to split the onion slips apart.
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It's certainly easier to keep them weed free than growing in soil, every time I walk past can pluck out any emerging weeds.

Do you trim the seedlings at all ? I think it might have been Charles Dowding that mentioned it promotes root growth if you do but haven't tried it myself.
No i've never done that to be honest.
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Thanks, Doc!

I’ve tried direct seeding and seeding in those little sectioned trays but with very limited success. The open tray is probably easier to work with and less likely to dry out than the sections.

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If you get a chance @DocDoesFarming could you post a photo of one or two of your onion seed trays so we can get an idea of what density we should be aiming for when scattering the seeds.

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Zasso Nouka wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2023 7:01 am
If you get a chance @DocDoesFarming could you post a photo of one or two of your onion seed trays so we can get an idea of what density we should be aiming for when scattering the seeds.
Sure no problem but I'm still trying to get the balance right for them myself. Last year I think I over did it and had a mix of various sizes, mostly small, this year I tried to spread thinly, I think one 20ml packet was spread over 4 trays, that still might be too much per tray thinking about it but I'll update when they're ready for planting.
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DocDoesFarming wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2023 8:26 pm
Sure no problem but I'm still trying to get the balance right for them myself. Last year I think I over did it and had a mix of various sizes, mostly small, this year I tried to spread thinly, I think one 20ml packet was spread over 4 trays, that still might be too much per tray thinking about it but I'll update when they're ready for planting.
Thanks man, that's much appreciated.

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