I may never buy onions again.
Growing Onions from Scraps is easy!
It has been over a month since I last ordered local, organic veggies from Mother Earth Produce, but in that last box was a bunch of green onions.
As I made dinner one night, I chopped an onion down to the white bulb and stared at it, appraising it. The roots seemed strong and the onion was crunchy and fresh. Inspiration struck me, and I stuck it in a tiny glass with a bit of water and left it on the windowsill. Within 24 hours there was new, green growth!
A few nights later I used another green onion and added it to the glass with the first one, and again, within one day, there was visible growth in the stem.
Now I have a small glass full of onions that I water every day. I can trim them here and there and use fresh onion greens over and over again!
I’ve begun to experiment with other “scraps” and will let you all know what else works for continuing veggie yields!
Update: After a few days of growth and re-use, the onions start to become tired and a bit bitter. It might be better to use them like this, plant them in some soil, and see if you can propagate them in that fashion, instead.
Mother Earth Produce is an amazing Asheville business that works like a CSA, but delivers produce to your door. You can order as often as you wish without having to set up recurring orders or paying a large, upfront fee!
They carry good organic produce, and have local veggies as often as possible but source sustainable organic produce in the “off-season.” They also offer local goodies from other businesses like farm fresh eggs, jellies, honey, hummus, soups, and even meal kits!