Onions and garlic: how to grow them at home and save a lot of money


Growing Onions

Prepare the soil to be loose, neither clayey nor sandy, to facilitate free onion growth. For seeds, plant them about 2.5 cm deep and initially keep them indoors until sprouts appear, usually after a month.

Growing Garlic

After preparing the pot with drainage, place the garlic cloves appropriately and ensure they receive direct sunlight. The minimal watering requirement reduces the risk of excess moisture, which garlic does not tolerate well.

Harvesting and Storing

Onions: Can be harvested "green" for immediate use or left until the foliage withers for storage. The timing for harvesting red onions is when all leaves have dried, typically in July or August. White onions, planted in autumn, are ready by spring.

Garlic and Shallots: Wait until at least two-thirds of the leaves have dried, usually by late June or early July for garlic and grey shallots. Pink shallots are harvested in July or August. Proper timing ensures optimal preservation.

Growing onions and garlic at home not only provides you with fresh, organic produce but also adds a rewarding activity to your daily routine. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the numerous benefits these vegetables offer, from enhancing your meals to boosting your health.