While we wait to see if the ground hog sees his shadow or not tomorrow, now is a good time to start planning spring gardens. Horticulturists with Iowa State University and Extension and Outreach state that onions should be planted as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring, usually in early to mid-April. And if they are grown from seed, they should be started indoors well before outdoor planting. Onions take more than 95 days to mature when planted.
Onion types recommended for Iowa home gardens include Candy, Copra, Red Burgermaster, Red Zeppelin, Stuttgarter, Walla Walla Sweet and White Sweet Spanish.
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