Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Garden Cuttings; Stumped by a Sickly Salvia? Send Your Question, Including a Return Address, to Justin Russell, 237 Hampton Road, Hampton QLD, 4352 or Email Justin@thistlebrook.Com.Au

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Garden Cuttings; Stumped by a Sickly Salvia? Send Your Question, Including a Return Address, to Justin Russell, 237 Hampton Road, Hampton QLD, 4352 or Email Justin@thistlebrook.Com.Au

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Q. Some time ago I planted some onions that were sprouting in the cupboard and they have grown 4-5 stalks from each bulb.

They look very healthy and strong and have developed flower buds. Problem is I don't know when to dig them up. Can you help. Also two of my eight seed potatoes has produced a huge crop - much more than I can use right now as we are a retired couple. Can I leave the potatoes in the ground after the plant has withered until I need them - maybe for a couple of months? The flavour of freshly dug potatoes is great.

- Barbara, via email

A. The onions are basically ready to be dug when the bulb has formed, though if you planted them as bulbs, they won't form any extra bulbs (unless you planted French shallots). If the plants are running to seed, bulb formation wont really progress much further, so you might want to harvest them as needed in the kitchen.

The ideal way to grow onions is from seed (which is quite easy), or from seedlings. …

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