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Better red this May Day
When thinking onions, think red and plan ahead, that's always been my motto. And if you follow this fail-safe philosophy when planting your garden, you'll already be thinking about harvesting the perfect salad and pizza topping, red onions.
Packed with the antioxidants, vitamin A and E, as well as vitamin C, calcium and iron, these red delights are also great on burgers and sandwiches, or on a delicious grilled toastie. You can also throw them in the frying pan. But keep in mind they tend to lose their wonderful purple colour when cooked.
The best thing about red onions is that you can plant them wherever you like, as long as the soil is friable (goes crumbly when you touch it). Just dig the soil over, and add a little fertiliser.
Form rows 20cm apart from each other, then plan the onions 10cm apart within the rows.
While you’re at it, why not plant a bit of spinach in between the lines of onions? It's ready to harvest a lot earlier, so it's a good use of the space, given that you'll need to wait 20 - 24 weeks before the onions mature.
And how will you know when your red (or should I say purple?) delights are ready? Just give them a gentle tug and they'll come right out of the ground.
If they're starting to look a bit jaded, it means they've most likely gone to seed. If that happens, simply tie the tops of any nasty-looking onions in a knot to stop them growing further.
Now all you have to do is head down to your local supermarket, The Warehouse or Bunnings and grab a Traditional Value bundle of Awapuni Nurseries' California Red Onions. Happy planting!
Contributed by Tod Palenski from Awapuni Nurseries .