My overwintering onions on the plot were doing fantastically well. Swelling and growing in the heat and absorbing the bucket loads of water that have been splayed on them. These were so much larger and healthier than the onions that were planted at the end of March, although at one point, they just seemed to be sitting in the ground sulking. They soon got used to their surroundings and decided that it was time to grow. I am really pleased with how they have turned out and will definitely plant my onions sets in October again to overwinter. Good job really, as the allotment site has had an attack of the onion fly.
I’ve never personally come across it before so when I saw the leaves of the March planted onion sets and recntly planted leeks starting to curl, first of all I put it down to the really hot weather.
That was until there was lots of talk about the dreaded onion fly raising its’ ugly head. The tell – tale signs of withered, curling leaves are the first indication of the attack.
More information about the onion fly and the signs to look out for can be found on my Spotlights on …Onions post.
For now though, take a look at the examples from my plot. I’m just glad that the overwintering onions were pulled up in time and do not seem to have suffered.