No garden should be without onions. Two ounces and a half of seed will raise quite enough; sow them in drills a foot apart about the middle of April; cover the seed lightly but firmly with soil. The young plants should be thinned out to three inches apart. As they grow the onions will appear above ground, but do not cover them, as this is their habit of growth.
Onions require a rich, heavy soil; indeed, the large crops of them for market are raised on low meadows where the soil is black muck. In the garden, of course, you can only give the ground plenty of fertilizer and abundant cultivation, and the result is generally all the onions you wish to use. The success of the onion crop depends upon its being kept free from weeds. When ripe pull them up and let them dry in the sun for a couple of days, then store away in boxes in the cellar. White onions of medium size are the most desirable.
Onions may also be grown from small bulbs called sets. These should be planted about three inches apart and a couple of inches deep, in rows a foot apart. If planted as soon as the ground can be worked in the Spring they will be ready for the table in about four weeks, but it is advisable to raise only the early crop from sets and the main crop from seeds.
Parsley should be sown in drills very early in the Spring, and will be large enough to use in six weeks from the time of sowing in the open ground. It is well to soak the seeds over night before sowing, as they are slow to germinate. Thin out the young plants to three inches apart. Parsley is a perennial and if covered in late November with some litter will generally survive the Winter. One ounce of seed is quite enough.