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Harvest wild onions for use during the year. You can also buy green onions at the store and cut off the tops and plant the bulbs in your garden. They will continue to grow each year so long as you do not remove the bulb. You may however dig up the bulb if you do not want it to grow back again. Cut the tops off close to the ground. You can cut them up and cook right away, store in fridge or freezer in food storage bags for later use. You can also tie the tops in bundles and dry them by hanging them up to dry out. You can speed up drying by placing them on a cookie sheet and baking in oven on 200 degrees F for 2 to 3 hrs until dried. Remove and store for later use. I chop them up really fine and put them in the herb shaker jars you get at the store. You can dry all herbs in the oven this way always having a supply on hand for free.
By Southernbelleklb from Jefferson, LA
Can you grow them indoors also in a planter instead of plating them outside?
When planting your seed rows, plant a few onions on each end of the row so you can tell where the rows of slow germinating seeds are. By the time the onions are ready to pull, the seeds will have sprouted.
By Laurie from Fairbanks, AK
Also, onions are supposed to repel insect pests.
A "free" way to plant onions is to save the part the roots come from-- you don't eat that anyway-- and plant it. It won't grow a bulb but it will produce a stem that looks like a green onion. Trim and use in cooking. It will keep sprouting. This works with long green onions too; plant the bottom two inches and cook the rest.
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The white and yellow short onions sets were planted 4 weeks ago and have not done anything. Further my green onions have been in from seed for 6 weeks and have just broken up through the soil and have not done anything either. I have never had an onion actually bulb out to any size. We are in Southwest Florida.
By KWH from Fort Myers, FL
How do I grow large onions and what type of soil do they prefer? I would also like to know what treatment to the soil am I required to make to fulfill the criteria.
By Robert from Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Hi Robert, I live up in Scotland, and have had the same questions. I'm new to the UK and gardening over here. :)
A site that has been a great help to me is the allotment site, the information is easily adaptable to small home plots:
Great site, great info, and great people-can't beat that!
After I have removed the dirt around the onion bulb, do I step on the tops of the onions so the bulbs get bigger and not the neck of the greens?