Mammoth Onions

Originally this was supposed to be a part of the garden podcast – episode 23 but I honestly became so intrigued by this one that I decided to make it an entirely seperate post and seperated the audio out of it.

Whilst I purchased The ‘globo’ variety, the varieties that Jane recommends are

  • kelsae
  • ailsa craig
  • unwins exhibition
  • robinsons mammoth

If anyone else is interested in doing this as a sort of online communal together sort of way….. let me know and lets see if we can have a bit of craic together.

Updates on how I and we get on will follow shortly.

4 replies
  1. Kathryn
    Kathryn says:

    Don’t think Jane came from a really competitive family – we always sowed ours either on December 21st or on St Stephen’s Day – Mum wouldn’t let us spend Christmas Day in the greenhouse.
    And Kelsae for me – but then save the seed yourself from the best bulbs. Use minipots and sow one to a pot if you are really, really serious about this giant vegetable business. Then on into a carefully prepared raised bed. As Jane say – great fun

  2. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:


    some great tips in there for those who, including myself, have grown mammoth onions before.
    The back end of my glasshouse got blown out during the storms so its more of a frame now…. 🙁

    I’d personally love to carry one into one of the large supermarkets and try and return it, pretending as if I had bought it there…
    [that sounds funnier in my imagination 😉 ]

  3. Kathryn
    Kathryn says:

    Ah, the blown out glass syndrome. Know it well.
    1. always use twice as many glass clips as were supplied with the original greenhouse (if not more)
    2. Run tunnel tape around the edges of the glass inside and out – doesn’t look pretty but you may find you still have glass when everyone else has lost theirs
    3. Buy a double walled polycarbonate greenhouse – especially if there are small children around
    Really must get round to updating my own blog. Have you seen Nicky Kyle’s – new and very good

  4. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:

    I’ve just one big problem with my glasshouse…. it’s about 200 years old and a bit beyond sellotape now
    although I did try my best, I think this one was supposed to super glued to the titanic

    *tips noted for when i save up 😉

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