Spring onions are an absolute must for every back yard vegetable garden. They are easy to grow, require minimal attention and have very few pests or diseases that affect them in the typical back yard vegetable patch.
In many locations, spring onions are also known as scallions and are also often confused with green onions and shallots. In fact, depending on where you are, you can probably start an 'interesting' conversation about exactly what it is you call a 'spring onion'. I think the following article provides a good description of all three: How to tell the difference between Spring Onions, Shallots and Green Onions.
But when it comes to growing these essentials for the vegetable patch, it really doesn't matter; the approach is the same for all.
So how do you grow them?
Growing From Seed
This is very simple. You can simply purchase your seed form a reputable organic supplier, or you can collect and save your own.
Saving your own seed is just a matter of:
I find it best to sow spring onion seed into containers before planting out into the garden. This enables simple separation and spacing out of seedlings in the bed with minimal wastage.
Once you have your spring onion seed, sprinkle it across the surface of some seed raising mixture and sprinkle some seed raising mixture to cover them - just enough to cover them, not more. Then, water them in. Keep them moist until ready to transplant into your vegetable patch.
Spring onion seedlings are very 'hardy', so take care, but you don't need to be overly gentle and delicate with them.
When planting them out:
The following video should be very helpful with this step: How to Plant Spring Onions
If you plant new seedlings every 3 to 4 weeks, you should have a constant supply for the kitchen.
What do Spring Onions Like?
What Don't Spring Onions Like?
Pests and Diseases
The main pest that can affect spring onions are thrips. The basics for managing thrips are:
A good article about managing thrips can be found at: Thrip Management
So, give growing spring onions a go. They are one of the crops that should be found in every back yard vegetable garden.