Spring onions

Fast-growing spring onions can be added to salads, sandwiches and stir fries

Spring onions

Spring onions

Common Name
Spring onion

This quick growing crop adds flavour to salads or sandwiches in the summer.

Growing Tips

Growing conditions

A sunny site with good drainage

When to grow:

Sow in July and use as small spring onions or sow in August or September to overwinter.

What you'll need:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Packet of spring onion seeds
  • Label and pencil
  • Hand trowel
  • Rake

How to grow

  1. Spring onions can be sown straight in to the ground where they are going to grow, so make sure the space you are going to sow is weed free by using a trowel to remove the weeds. If the soil is dry, water the soil the day before you are going to sow your seeds.
  2. Rake the soil to a fine tilth (a fine,crumbly texture) and make some drills 12–20mm deep. The rows should be spaced about 10cm apart.
  3. Sprinkle the seed in carefully and cover them up with soil. Remember to write a plant label so you know where you have sown them.
  4. As they grow, if the plants are crowded then thin them out to about 2.5 cm apart. The thinnings can be used in salads.

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