How to Grow Scallions

Scallions, also known as green onions, are easy to grow and can be harvested multiple times. They are perfect for salads, soups, and garnishes. Here�s how to grow scallions using organic methods.

Materials Needed

  • Scallion seeds or transplants
  • Rich, well-draining soil
  • Compost
  • Watering can or hose

Choosing Varieties

Scallions come in several varieties:

  • White Lisbon: Traditional variety, mild flavor.
  • Evergreen Hardy White: Cold-tolerant, vigorous growth.
  • Red Baron: Red-skinned, mild flavor.

Soil Preparation

Scallions prefer well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0:

  1. Loosen the Soil: Till to a depth of 8-10 inches (20-25 cm).
  2. Add Compost: Mix in 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) of compost.

Planting Scallions

Sow seeds directly in the garden or use transplants:

  1. Spacing: Plant seeds 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) deep, 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart.
  2. Rows: Space rows 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart.

Watering and Mulching

Maintain consistent moisture:

  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Mulching: Apply mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Organic Fertilizing

Scallions benefit from regular feeding:

  • Use compost tea or a balanced organic fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.

Harvesting Scallions

Harvest scallions when they reach the desired size:

  • Method: Cut at the base, leaving roots to regrow.

Storing Scallions

Store scallions properly to maintain freshness:

  • In the Fridge: Store scallions in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. Use within a week.

Growing Tips

  • Sow seeds every few weeks for a continuous harvest.
  • Use row covers to protect against pests.

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