• My green onion garden

    by  • March 17, 2012 • Edibles, Garden, How to, Projects • 8 Comments

    Did you know that when green onions get a bit old in the fridge, you can plant them in a garden pot or veggie garden? I did this in my galvanized wash tub garden and could cut fresh onion tops all through Autumn.

    Green onion bottoms

    Green onion bottoms

    These are regular grocery store green onions that I plugged in next to the peppers and tomatoes in my tub garden. These are from onions that were still plump but had some outer leaves going mushy. In the photo above are two bunches I used for cooking ,…only the green parts. These cost me 50 cents each!

    The 'onion garden' in winter

    The 'onion garden' in winter

    I cut about 3 ” above the white papery part and leave the root growing. These have been cut many times and grow back this way. It looks like I could cut some more…

    I’d like to try celery, too, and my friend, a non gardener pokes garlic cloves in her rose bed and gets new garlic bulbs,…like to try that as well.

    March 2

    My green onion ‘farm.’ These tubs were found at the close out sale at our junk shop called Rust Brothers in Coarsegold, CA. I paid $50 for six large plus 4-5 smaller galvanized tubs and containers.

    My onion garden, with onions planted last fall and now in late winter

    My onion garden, with onions planted last late summer and now in late winter

    The bigger onions were planted next to my peppers last summer in my wash tub garden and I’ve been cutting them AND they’ve been re-growing all that time. I just planted the new small ones and will plant a tomato in the middle there in May. I’ve since learned that this works with celery, so I’d like to try that next. Meanwhile we have all the onion tops we want for potatoes, salads, soups and garnishes. Yea!

    What to do, especially, with chopped green onions?   Pop a corned beef in the crock pot for 8 hours (add no water) and add 1/2 cup chopped green onions to mashed potatoes.  Make honey, mustard mayonaise and Bob’s your Uncle.  That’s what we’re having….and if The Quiet Man is playing, then it’s a perfect St. Patrick’s Day.


    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    8 Responses to My green onion garden

    1. Desiree
      March 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

      A lovely st Patrick’s Day post, Sue. Hope you enjoy your supper 🙂

      • March 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

        Thanks, Desiree! It’s snowing today! 8-9 inches so far…

    2. March 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Hope you had a fun St.Patrick’s Day ! I didn’t know you could use green onions after they get big. What a good (and cheap) idea!

      • March 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        Thanks, Katie! I just saw proof that this works with celery and beets and even small lettuces. If it has a root end, plant it, I guess!

    3. March 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Hope you had a fun St.Patrick’s Day ! I didn’t know you could use green onions after they get big. What a good (and cheap) idea!

    4. March 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      I didn’t know that. I’ll swear I have a few onions that will be going int he ground tomorrow!

      • March 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        Jenny, you have a pretty blog page,…I saw the bluebonnets,…which we call lupine here,…it grows wild. Oh, yes, I have just discovered this about inions and have been cutting some every week from just one small bunch. I just planted two more to take us through to the hot weather! I hope you do try it. Celery is next for me!

    5. March 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

      I love green onions, and use a lot of them! I’m always hesitant to plant store bought produce though, and especially garlic, or potatoes. As we garden organically we just can’t afford to introduce some of the diseases here on the farm that commercial producers simply spray for, so for us we have to stick with certified disease free stock.

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