In terms of popularity, fresh onions rank at the top of the American fresh vegetable preference list. Along with tomatoes and lettuce, onions fresh onions top many an American sandwich or salad.
While a small portion of the annual onion harvest goes to market in a dehydrated form, fresh onions remain the market's most popular product.
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Onion popularity also extends to many back yard gardens.
Winter onion garden preparation can be complex given the number of seed variety choices available. Attentive gardeners often experiment with onion color, bulb size and taste.
Geographical considerations also play a part in onion seed choices. Short-day varieties adapt well to southern gardens with less daylight and long-day varieties adapt well to northern gardens with more daylight.
Soil Conditions: Onions are adaptable to many types of soil in the 6.0-6.5 pH level range. They grow best in temperate climates where the soil received good moisture.
Planting Tips: Onions can be planted from seeds, sets or bulbs. Seeds are the least expensive alternative and they can be planted indoors and transplanted, or sown directly into the soil after the final frost.
Indoor Seed Germination Tip: Recommended indoor seed germination temperatures vary according to a few general rules such as seed strain choice and climactic conditions. Seed germination temperature range: 70oF - 80oF.
Spacing: If the onions have been grown from seed, thinning the row of young plants in three to four inches of space between them allows for maximum bulb development.
1c raw chopped scallions: 18.8 mg Vitamin C
Men 19+: 90 mg/day suggested
Women 19+: 75 mg/day suggested
Harvesting Tips: From seed to table or storage, most onions require a three to four month growing cycle. Early onions may be harvested as spring onions.
Organic Tip: Recent research suggests that applications of the tried and true organic fertilizer, animal manure, increases crop yields.
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