Onions, Leeks, and Garlic: A Handbook for Gardeners

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Texas A&M University Press, 1995 - Gardening - 136 pages
As familiar a kitchen staple as onions, leeks, and garlic are, many gardeners have scores of questions about growing them. How do the species differ? How and when should you plant and harvest them? How hardy are different varieties and how do they adapt to different climates? What insects and diseases attack them, and how can you combat them?

Until now, answers to such questions had to be gleaned through trial and error, or in bits and pieces from numerous (sometimes unreliable) sources. Onions, Leeks, and Garlic: A Handbook for Gardeners offers the first comprehensive, carefully researched source of scientific and practical information for the gardener, professional market grower, supplier, or nursery. It provides a unique guide to members of the Allium family, including complete information on their history and development, families and species, planting, harvesting, disease, and drying and storing. The book describes the many species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars of onions commonly grown for food, along with their botanical names. Wild onions regarded as common fare on many tables are also discussed.

For years Marian Coonse answered these questions one at a time as they came from the customers of the herb farm she and her husband owned. From this experience came both her recognition of the need for a complete reference book and her knowledge of the bulbs she writes about. As a result, this attractive handbook is comprehensive enough to serve as a reference work for professional market gardeners, yet written in a style simple and clear enough for amateur gardeners as well. Gardeners will want to stow it in their baskets before they head for the garden or the seed store.
 

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Contents

The Culinary Jewels
3
IMPROVED VARIETIES THROUGH HYBRIDIZATION
8
PLAN AHEAD FOR A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST
13
Guide to Growing Onions
17
STARTING YOUR CROP FROM SEED
23
GROWING YOUR ONION CROP FROM SETS
26
GROWING ONIONS FROM TRANSPLANTS
28
HARVESTING AND STORING THE ONION CROP
32
CUTWORMS
85
WIREWORMS
87
WOOLLY WORMS
90
SPIDER MITES
91
LEAF MINERS
92
NEMATODES
94
Diseases of Onions
97
PINK ROOT NECK ROT AND BASAL ROT
101

COMMON NAMES ARE CONFUSING
37
RELATIVES OF THE COMMON ONION
40
Onions Every Home Gardener Should Know
46
WILD ONIONS
70
Insects That Pester Onions
81
ONION MAGGOTS
83
SEED CORN MAGGOTS
84
SMUT BLACK MOLD AND SMUDGE
106
BLAST LEAF AND TIP BLIGHT DAMPINGOFF AND SUNSCALD
114
CONCLUSION
116
STATE AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATIONS
119
bibliography
123
Index
133
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About the author (1995)

MARIAN COONSE owned and operated the Yankee Peddler Herb Farm, near Brenham, Texas, where she still lives. In addition to raising onions and answering customers' questions for many years, she has written many gardening articles, which have been published in a wide range of U.S. gardening magazines.

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