How Not to Sow Spring Onions (Scallions)

spring onions

I started harvesting my Spring Onions today. And it’s not a minute too soon for me. I foolishly decided to broadcast sow them in a little patch between the stone path and the greenhouse door. This seemed like a good idea because you can get more into a smaller space.

The problem is, as they grow so do the weeds and the spaces in-between the plants are not wide enough to get a hoe in there. So the weeds just grow.


Broadcast sowing other, more leafy plants like Carrot is fine since their leaf canopy blocks out more light and so the weeds don’t flourish. Spring Onions however, don’t have this so they are not ideal.

Anyway, we are harvesting now and I’m clearing the weeds as I go. Now, can someone remind me not to make the same mistake next year? Great, thanks.

4 Comments on “How Not to Sow Spring Onions (Scallions)

  1. You have just reminded me how lazy i am not planting spring onions. Have every other salad on the way to my office.

    I’m especially looking forward to my purple majestic potatoes.

    Love your blog

  2. One tip I was given about spring onions. Save the bottom part of the spring onion with the root attached and plant it. It will grow again and you can keep cutting at it.
    I took a bunch of spring onions I had bought from the green-grocers and it had been in the fridge for a week. I used the top of the onions, just left the root and a bit of the white and it still grew again when I planted it. Magic.

  3. I, too, try to get more into a small space. Then I have to pull grass and weeds out by hand!
    I’ve decided onions from seeds take too long to grow, so I have started buying onion bulbs. The directions on the package says that planted deep (4 inches) they make long green onions, planted only two inches deep or less they make larger round onions – good eating either way! The onions we are eating now were planted March 28.
    Happy Gardening!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  4. Spring onions look healthy and delicious. As far as growing them into small space is concerned, we all make mistakes and become wiser after seeing the consequences.