It’s DIY FRI. again, where every Friday I try to post something you can do yourself rather than buy, which is a money saver, and can be VERY REWARDING. Some of these posts are crafts, sewing projects, homemade cleaners, homemade health aids, tutorials, and the like.
When my friend Nancy was over a few weeks ago, she told me in passing about taking the end of a green onion, putting it in water, and growing it inside on a windowsill that receives light. I did it, and 10 days later I had this:
Discovering this has opened another window to the discovery of how much we can actually do on our own that is actually REALLY EASY. I have grown and rooted other house plants before, but never something I could actually eat. I am in the process of exploring other things to grow inside. Do you have any suggestions for me?
Can you see how crazy long those roots are growing?? This is after about 3 weeks!
- Optional: rubber band the green onion ends.
- Immerse the onion ends in water.
- Wait for growth, and change the water every couple of days.
- Cut as you would normally and use in your favorite recipes, keeping the bulbs under water.
The Conclusion: It’s so fun to watch something grow over time. The kids love this, too!! I can’t believe how fast this grew. Amazing! If the onions lose a little flavor or become bitter, just buy a bunch and start the process again. We enjoyed them on salads.
I just bought more this week to get some more starts going. I have my long rooted onions in the pot and the freshly cut ones in the windowsill in a glass vase with water. I’ll give you an update and tell you if the potted onion is an epic failure or an extreme success or somewhere in between.
Update5/29/12 Go here to read about growing green onions in a pot along with getting four frugal garbage to garden tips.
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