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  1. #21
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    We've brought the numbers down a bit this year. For the last couple of years we've had 400+ onions but we simply can't get them to store long enough to use them all. They're the one thing that the pigs don't eat too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hifi_dave View Post
    That all looks very professional and those onions outnumber mine by about 10 x
    So does the size of the garden by the look of things - easily outsizes mine by 10x.
    Barry

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    I grow a few veggies, just for fun really. The onions usually do well as do the runner beans but last year and this, everything else has failed to grow. Earlier, I planted spring onions, carrots and brussels but none grew, I guess because it has been so dry.

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    a list of products and water required to grow a lb of finished produce

    Lettuce -- 15 gallons;
    Tomatoes -- 22 gallons;
    Cabbage -- 24 gallons;
    Cucumber -- 28 gallons;
    Potatoes -- 30 gallons;
    Oranges -- 55 gallons;
    Apples -- 83 gallons;
    Bananas -- 102 gallons;
    Corn -- 107 gallons;
    Peaches or Nectarines -- 142 gallons;
    Wheat Bread -- 154 gallons;
    Mango -- 190 gallons;
    Avocado -- 220 gallons;
    Tofu -- 244 gallons;
    Groundnuts -- 368 gallons;
    Rice -- 403 gallons;
    Olives -- 522 gallons;
    Chocolate -- 2847 gallons;

    as you see they need a lot of the clear stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by hifi_dave View Post
    That all looks very professional and those onions outnumber mine by about 10 x
    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    a list of products and water required to grow a lb of finished produce

    Lettuce -- 15 gallons;
    Tomatoes -- 22 gallons;
    Cabbage -- 24 gallons;
    Cucumber -- 28 gallons;
    Potatoes -- 30 gallons;
    Oranges -- 55 gallons;
    Apples -- 83 gallons;
    Bananas -- 102 gallons;
    Corn -- 107 gallons;
    Peaches or Nectarines -- 142 gallons;
    Wheat Bread -- 154 gallons;
    Mango -- 190 gallons;
    Avocado -- 220 gallons;
    Tofu -- 244 gallons;
    Groundnuts -- 368 gallons;
    Rice -- 403 gallons;
    Olives -- 522 gallons;
    Chocolate -- 2847 gallons;

    as you see they need a lot of the clear stuff
    Kevin

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    Join Date: May 2012

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    My "Garden" is about two acres. There is half an acre of woodland, which is time consuming to keep clean.
    The other acre and a half is grass, so takes a while to cut.

    I wish I had time to sort out a vegetable plot, but there does not seem to be any left during the day.
    Kevin

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  7. #27
    Join Date: Feb 2013

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    onions.... Water if the weather is dry and give an occasional feed with a general liquid fertiliser. A light feed of sulphate of potash in June will help ripen the bulbs ready for storage.

    Mulching the soil will help conserve soil moisture and keep down weeds. Stop watering and feeding once the onions have swollen, and remove any mulch or soil to expose the bulb to the sun.

    Remove any flower spikes as soon as you see them.

    Onions can be harvested when the foliage turns yellow and starts to topple over. Although it is sometimes suggested to bend over the foliage or gently lift the bulbs to break the roots, this is no longer recommended.

    Leave for two to three weeks and then carefully lift with a garden fork. Onions for storage must be firm, disease-free and then dried for two to three weeks, either laid out in the sun or in a shed if the weather is wet
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    You certainly know your onions Grant

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    I have spent last 2-3 days cutting down huge amounts of VERY prickly bushes and various laurel bushes . in preparation for a 14 bay 7th high fence being started toommorrow . pretty scratched but that's the price of being secure . will have to get quite a few packets of spikes to go on top of fence . its not too bad an area but its next to a footpath . also next to some lovely oak trees which will look a picture in autumn
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    I entered the West Lothian Council Garden competition this year.

    I have entered it in the past and done quite well, but stayed away from it for a few years due to mental health problems and a lack of interest in gardening.

    However, this year I decided to go for it because I was feeling better.

    Anyway, this week was judging week and the judges came around this morning (I am on holiday at the moment).

    They didn't stay long because it was pouring down with rain. It rained virtually all weekend as well, so I have not had much time to give it a final tidy up. Mind you, everyone is going to be in the same position with regards to the weather!

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