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Onion – Bedfordshire Champion
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A must have in the kitchen garden
This variety is reliable and well suited to the UK climate with late summer maturity. A heavy cropping variety, Bedfordshire Champion produces large globe shaped, golden brown skinned bulbs with a crisp white flesh and mild flavour with excellent storing capabilities.
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Number of plants: 20
Variety: Bedfordshire Champion (organic*)
Great for protecting your carrots!
Can be grown in: Planters or raised beds. Find out more about growing onions in our growing guide below.
In the kitchen: Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Gently fry chopped or sliced onion and use as the base to pasta sauces, soups and stews. Or cut into wedges and roast. Alternatively cut into rings, batter and deep fry.
Can be delivered from: Late April to July. These plants will arrive bare-rooted with an approximate height of 12-25cm.
Choose a sunny, sheltered spot with moist (but not waterlogged!) soil.
Grow in beds or pots
Onions and shallots can be grown quite close together making them a good crop for pots and containers as well as for raised beds, planters and traditional veg patches. If growing in pots and containers, it is best to choose a flat base pot rather than one that tapers off.
How far apart?
10cm apart is enough, and spring onions can be squeezed in a little closer still.
Don't let them get too soggy
Waterlogged soil is not good for onions and shallots and can cause the bulbs to start rotting.
Looking after your plants....
Onions and spring onions grow relatively slowly, and the bulbs don’t tend to swell until the summer. Patience is a virtue!
Water them regularly to keep the soil moist.
Weed regularly because they are shallow rooting and slow growers, so you don’t want them to have too much competition.
Watch out for....
Onion White Rot
They're ready to harvest when....
When the leaves start to turn yellow in mid to late summer, you can check to see if they are ready to harvest. Carefully dig one or two up to have a look with a hand fork.
Once you have dug your onions up, let them dry out in the sun for a while. Once they are dry you can pop them into a netter bag and keep them in a cool, dark place.
Ways to cook
You won’t be short on dishes to cook using onions, they are the base of many a recipe!
When we deliver
We deliver these plants from late April/early May until July, depending upon the season. It is a little tricky for us to give a specific date as we do not use any artificial heat to raise our plants, so we are a little dependant on the weather.
You can order from…
These plants are available to be ordered and dispatched right up until late July, as the plants arrive as healthy young plants and will have already been growing for at least 2-3 months before you receive them, giving you a great head start on your vegetable growing!
Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.
We will keep you posted
You will receive an email approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.