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The Cottage Gardener Online Catalogue

We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.

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  1. A Description of Onions

    History: Onions have the distinction of being one of the oldest cultivated plants in recorded history. Although it is unclear where they originated, it is believed to have been Asia. We do know that the ancient Egyptians ate them commonly, as there is an inscription on one of the Great Pyramids stating that a sum amounting to "1600 talents" had been paid for onions, radishes and garlic to feed the workers who were building it. Its use spread throughout Europe and settlers brought it to the New World. By 1881, according to "Henderson's Handbook of Plants", it was so extensively grown in the U.S. that one seed company alone sold 20 tons of onion seed a year! Cultivation: Globe onions require a long growing season; bunching onions mature much more quickly. Generally, they should be started indoors 5-6 weeks before the last frost. Sow 1/8-1/4" deep in soil-less mix in flats and clip them as they grow so they grow no taller than 5". Transplant when all danger of frost is past, 3" apart (depending on size of globe). Companions: onions are one of the best companion plants for the garden and we suggest interspersing them amongst your vegetable crops. The two exceptions are peas and beans, which apparently don't like onions.

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