For many people, onion seed is just a simple vegetable planted in the garden to add flavor. For others who want to learn more about growing them, there is another type of onion which is also called dill. This is slightly sweeter than its onion cousins and can be used in the same ways as a bulb in your flower garden. But there is another trick to doing it properly.
In order to get the most out of your harvest, why not plant dill seeds in your garden the very next year after you harvest them? Well, for me, planting dill from seed in the very first year always yields the best results. But here's the thing: most people don't know what to do with those little dill bulbs when they are planting them. There is also a secret to doing it correctly.
Why planting dill from onion seeds in the very first year is so important? Because most people don't grow onion sets in their gardens in the early spring. It's too hot. The summer heat drives the weeds out in May and the bulbs, including the root ball, die off by July. But the early spring planting is perfect for setting up the environment to nurture the new shoots which will produce new shoots the following year.
The reason you want to get the most from your onions in the spring is because they will be healthier and have greater flavor when they are a bit more mature. This means you want to wait a little bit before planting them if you are planting from seed in the early spring. The reason onion plants are somewhat flatter when they are older is because they have sent out their roots. When they have sent their roots down to the bottom of the soil they are not nearly as susceptible to disease and insects, and they are also healthier inside.
If you are planting from onion seeds in the fall or winter months you must keep this fact in mind. Get your plant out of those dark, cool places where it will be undisturbed. Keep it in a warm area, but away from extremely cold temperatures. If you have an extremely cold climate and your plant and soil are susceptible to frost, you might consider planting in the late parts of winter.
The third tip for planting from onion seeds in the spring is to be sure you have plenty of drainage in your garden. Just as with any type of garden, the soil in which your plants are growing needs some moisture to help it retain nutrients and water. And it needs the right amount of drainage to protect the roots so that they can develop properly. So while you are preparing your garden for planting from onion seeds, make sure you have the proper amount of drainage in place.
The fourth tip is to know your onion seeds. They come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors. You want to learn about each one so that you can select which variety will best grow according to the life cycle that you have in your garden. This means you'll want to choose those with the proper names, and you'll want to study each one to understand its life cycle before you plant.
The fifth and final step is to prepare your soil properly for planting from onion seeds in the spring. Remove the roots of all weeds in the area so that the roots don't have to compete with healthy plants for nutrients and water. Then use a deep hole to pour in the dirt so that the roots can have a deep root system that will maximize their growth and development. In the early spring when you are preparing your garden for a biennial crop you will want to get it planted, and then just let it sit for a few days so the soil has had a chance to go into dormancy.