If you’ve been keeping up with things you know that it’s the goal of Monsanto to control all the seed. If they have their way — which they’re good at getting since they have a revolving door with the government — natural seeds will be virtually extinct in time.
If you want to research that — here’s a good starting place: http://www.naturalnews.com/029325_Monsanto_deception.html
When I found that out about 3 years ago I started growing all my vegetables from seed. And I’m saving as much seed from those vegetables as I can.
I’m still experimenting with growing onions from seed — so I’m also buying transplants since I grow about 1500 onions each year.. Several of the varieties that I’ve grown and loved for years are now exclusively owned by Monsanto and I will no longer buy them.
Bottom line — I see the hand writing on the wall and am doing everything I can to make the jump to raising all 1500 of my onions from seed rather than transplants.
Starting with Seed via the Wintersown Method
Since I’m not set up to grow seed inside under lights, I start all my seed via the wintersown method. Several varieties of onions I planted this year didn’t do as well as they did last year. I’ve already planted again — so I’ll get another shot at it.
The Copras really did wonderfully. When I pulled these tiny little plants (only about 2 or 3 inches tall) apart to transplant to the garden, I was amazed at the strong root growth!
As I transplanted I wondered if these tiny onions would obtain full size. It’s hard to believe that decent sized onions can come this year from these little things.
A Friend Who Knows and What She Says
Fortunately for me, I have an internet friend who although she only grows a couple of hundred onions each year — she always raises her onions from seed. I’ve seen pictures of some and she has the biggest onions I’ve ever seen.
She lives in Maryland and starts from seed about the middle of January. (I planted some of mine then too.)
I wrote to her and asked her if her grown-under-lights-inside onions were as small as mine. This is what she said:
“Yes, they’re small, they always are from seed, but that doesn’t mean a thing by harvest time. You’ll have to trust me on that. The seedlings are kinda like a blade of grass, I guess. Don’t let their small size fool you!
I planted mine on 6″ centers (6″ from each plant), this year, but I have planted them as close as 4″ on center.
The first month, mine just set there looking frightening when I plant them out in the garden, and then as if on cue, they start to grow.
I guess they’re just putting down roots that first 30 days, and don’t have time for anything else.”
It’s interesting to note that when I planted my ordered transplants — they too sit there for about 2 to 4 weeks putting down roots and getting established.
I also told my friend that I was planting more onions to see what they would do even at this late date. I didn’t think they’d have time to grow enough roots and leaves before daylight hours triggered bulbing. Here’s what she said:
“You’ll be good, even with this later planting. My suggestion would be to get the new seedlings you have started in the ground just as soon as they are easy enough to handle.”
I hope to have new ones sprouted and in the ground by the 3rd week in April. As far as my experience has been — that’s late for onions BUT I trust what my friend has told me. And it could be that growing your own from seed gives them an edge to grow bigger and better more quickly than transplants that someone else grew.
As I have said many times — never underestimate the power of a little. I can hardly wait to experience “the rest of the story.”
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