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  • Onions...almost make me want to cry...

    1 posts, 1 voices, 680 views, started Oct 4, 2008

    Posted on Saturday, October 4, 2008


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      Okie-doke fellow dirt-diggers, I need help with something that I know nothing about...onions.  

      I moved into this house in southwest michigan 6 years ago.  I was a major amateur gardener.  I found a plant growing in a raised bed of flowers that looked like an onion and when I broke off a smidgen of foliage, it smelled like an onion, and it grew a stem that was thicker/sturdier than the chives that I had.  I moved it to be with the chives, but it always looked obviously different and never produced the same foliage.  It would have a single flower head, not much bigger than the chives.  Two years ago I purposely planted the seeds and got about 8 more for last year, then I planted a BUNCH of the seeds and have several dozen this year.

      But that was not before they made no obvious effort to grow and assuming they were long gone I dug up the soil where they had been to plant something else, and low-and-behold they were still there and were definite growing. So I settled them back in. We had a very long dry spell this summer here, then got drenched for 3 days straight a couple weeks ago, and now there’s several dozen sprouts and the older ones are looking really good.

      I have no clue on how long they can stay in the ground, when I can tell it’s time to pull them, what if I want some for next year...I just have no clue...


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