planting onion sets and what exactly is a Japanese onion

I am starting to think the onions sets I am planting here are what some of you guys are referring to as Japanese Onions. I looked up Japanese onion after a couple of you guys mentioned them in comments as I didn't know what they were....

From what I can tell  these onion sets we get here in the fall when the flower bulbs come in .....most likely are Japanese onions... One site I found said they were in fact. Some others suggested it... Either way they do good.. I do not have to cover them at all here..... they won't go under my row covers.. these made it through a light snow, a couple ices, and all the cold just fine last winter.

Here is my row I have planted... I have the yellow and the red ones in there.. I have about 2/3 bag of yellow ones left to plant somewhere else.


 It looks shady in this photo where they are but it won't be at all in another few weeks .. it gets a bit of mingled shade right now till all the leaves fall.  Which actually works out great during the summer the plants need a bit o shade to deal with our sun here...
 Coffee grounds, I keep all the used coffee grounds and I sprinkle them on my garden rows. We drink organic coffee so they are organic fertilizer! My neighbor who grows a lot of onions and I do mean a lot ... says he gives them his coffee grounds... So I started giving mine coffee grounds too.. I always put my left over coffee in my rows but once I plant onions I give it to them till they get up good. I also put in some bone meal and blood meal when I plant onions.

6 comments:

Henny Penny said...

You are so smart! Your garden always looks perfect! I dump all the coffee grounds in the compost bin so I guess that's about the same since I use it on the garden. I just read your last post. You sure have a hard working man too...always building things for you. Those cookies and the quiche look delicious. How do you do it all?

northsider dave said...

we plant Japanese onions Texan every Autumn. It's wonderful to see their green stalks growing through the snow. You harvest then around June before the main-crop onions that you plant in Spring.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Thank you for sharing that information. I put coffee grounds in my compost pile but during the winter I don't add anything to the compost. I should spread them on the garden till the snow gets too deep!!! Nancy

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I bet they turn out great. I save coffee grounds but just add them to my compost bin.

Margaret said...

I'm not really familiar with Japanese onions either - they look like our bunching/green onions/scallions - how many names can one veg have? I'm growing perennial bunching onions, which overwinter for us even in our extreme winters. They are grown from the plants themselves (not sets) and multiply so you only dig up some of them and let the rest continue to divide.

Phuong said...

That's going to be a nice big bed of onions, it would be wonderful to grow onions through the winter and be able to pull them in early summer. And to have available all the green onions a person can eat.

I should start saving coffee grounds again, I used to put coffee grounds and eggshells in the hole when planting tomatoes and peppers out. It really did seem to give them a boost.