My Organic Dirt Patch: Egyptian Onions

My Organic Dirt Patch: Egyptian Onions

I finally got some greenery into my new organic garden by transplanting some Egyptian onions. Jim Sherman had too many of them in one of his gardens, so he gladly gave me some. Egyptian onions are more or less idiot-proof, which makes them perfect for a neophyte gardener such as me. They are very hardy, tolerate extreme heat and cold, grow in poor soil, and will even grow back after freezing.

Sherman warned me that these onions are quite prolific and will take over your garden if you aren't careful. That's the least of my worries. I am still trying to convince my spouse that this dirt patch will not be an eyesore for very long. The onions make it look like something is going on, anyway.

Egyptian onions are also very practical for the kitchen since you can use the stalks like green onions. In the second year, Egyptian onions put out little top sets that look sort of like garlic cloves growing in the air. These are very tasty, I am told. If you don't harvest them, the onion sets on top get too heavy for the stalk and fall to the ground, where they take root and become a new plant. You have to thin them to keep them under control.

We also transplanted some chard in the other end of the raised bed. And we sowed a bunch of lettuce and radishes. I am watering the hell out of the seeds. Wish me luck.


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