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White Onion

Not only are pungent white onions great for grilling and sautéeing, they can also be used as an insect repellent for your garden.

Size: Varies by season; each leaf represents a ring of onion.

Sunlight requirements: Full sun.

Water requirements: More water equals stronger flavor.

Soil requirements: Well-drained soil; pH between 6.2 and 6.8.

When to plant: Just before the last frost and after the soil has dried.

Where to plant: Can be planted close together: between eight to 10 onions per foot.

When to harvest: 111 to 125 days from seed.

Product storage: Sauté or pickle; store in a mesh bag in a cool, dry place after drying; do not keep as well as red and yellow onions.

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