Helpful Tip: How to Plant a Sprouted Onion

I know we're in a bit of a bubble here in the East Bay when it comes to weather, but I can't help it - I am ready for Spring!  

Drew and I spent this past weekend in the backyard, moving plants around, adding a few new and going out on a limb, so to speak, by sprinkling a bunch of random wildflower seeds in the bare patches of the yard.  

I feel the need to write a disclaimer here.  

I am not a gardner nor do I have a green thumb.  In fact, I would consider myself having a charcoal grey-colored thumb [in case you didn't know, this is a technical term for not quite killing everything, but rather slowly learning how to keep the green alive through lots of trial and error].  

Usually I get the planting bug about twice a year and luckily this time, it coincided with the weekend.  And what is it about working in the yard all day that makes beer taste so damn good??

Before I get off into too much of a tangent, let me ask you this:  have you ever walked into your kitchen and found this?


Yea, probably not.  Because this doesn't happen overnight, which means that I've just divulged to the world that I've had sprouted onions growing in my kitchen for over three weeks.  

Its actually quite dramatic and beautiful, huh?  

Anyway, I held onto to them because I knew I wanted to attempt to plant them in the backyard and was just waiting for the right time.  And in case you can't tell there, there are two sprouted onions in the bowl and no, you don't have to wait until they're 5 feet tall like I did to plant them.


Pot or an area of the ground for planting

A sprouted onion (duh). 

Sharp knife

Potting soil or other healthy dirt


Carefully cut off the sides of the onion, slicing until you get to the bulb where the growth has sprouted from.  Watch for root growth in between the layers and try to preserve it if you can.  Mine did not seem to have any [or I unknowingly cut them off].

Plant the onion bulb into the dirt, roots down.  Give it a good soak of water and then watch and wait for your onions to grow!  

You'll know they're ready when the leaves have started to turn yellowish and fall over.  You'll also probably be able to see the top of the onion bulb coming out of the dirt.  

After harvesting, pull up the onions and let them cure in a dry area for about a week.  This helps to dry the outer layers and increases the shelf life of the onion.  

For even more information on growing onions, I suggest this page.  

Do plant veggies in your garden?  What have you planted before that you love?  

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