Spring onions

These are found in many oriental dishes, and need to grow in a sunny position in well-drained fertile soil. Dig the soil over to make a fine tilth, and rake in some general-purpose fertiliser 10 – 14 days before sowing.

Sowing time

March onwards.

Crop care

Sown at 1” intervals in rows spaced 9” apart, and thin to 4” intervals in spring. Spring onions are fast growing, silvery skinned, and can be grown in a small area with no problems: watering is needed if the weather is dry.


Sowing little and often can provide you with a key component of oriental cuisine for up to 6 months of the year. Bulbs should be ½“ – 1” across when you harvest them, and they can be used right away.