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Onions Onions should be harvested when about two-thirds of the tops have fallen over. Careful handling to avoid bruising helps control storage rots.
Common problems are: Bulb rot from bruising, insufficient drying; split or double bulb from dry soil during bulb formation; very small bulb from too late planting or too dry soil.
Organic matter Soil organic matter is any part of the soil not derived from mineral origins.
In nature it is deposited all the time from fallen leaves, dead and living plant material, remains of dead animals and animal waste. In cultivated situations we add farmyard manure and the content of compost heaps.
This material is essential for improving the structure of the soil as it breaks up heavy clay and increases the moisture retentive properties of sandy soil.

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