I love happy accidents. Okay, let’s be honest. This was a LAZY accident.
I purchased onion bulbs for the garden last year. They grew into nice onions. They were ready for harvest right before we took a vacation.
So, I pull them out of the ground and throw them in the basement fridge THINKING I’d chop them up when we returned from vacation. I like to chop the onions up and freeze them in zip lock bags for use in recipes throughout the year. It is a great timesaver.
And, when I say “Throw them in the fridge”….I’m talking stems, dirt and all. I told you I was lazy.
I’d grab a few to cook with here and there….still being too lazy to prep them and get them in the freezer.
But, I noticed something. They stayed fresh. ALL YEAR LONG.
I’m no expert gardener here. I’m assuming it was because I left the stems on the onions. Maybe the dirt helped too!
So, come spring, I still had several that remained. I decided to try and replant them. I sliced the bottoms of the onions off first. That allowed me to FINALLY chop and freeze the rest of the onion. No waste! I then sat these pieces root side down on my window seal. In less than a week, I could see shoots starting to form!
Now usually, I plant these in the garden, but this year I decided to try out a long planter. Did I tell you that I hate weeds? I do. Planters are good for weed haters.
Planters are good for weed haters.
Now, after several days in the ground, look at these lovelies. You can see that a few of the onions need to be separated. I simply need to pull these, separate, and replant.
If I continue this method each year, I will not have to purchase onion bulbs. Now that is a double win!
Organic onions round two!