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Garden Harvest: A Win for the Onions (and Garlic)


Today’s post is a far cry from yesterday. Lavender to onions and garlic. Oh my. Cry if you will over chopped onions . . .

Let’s take a little diversion from fragrant to pungent.

Due to earwigs and extreme heat, most of the garden is struggling. But for alliums. The onions, garlic, and leeks are doing great! Not only producing, but surviving all of the above. Let’s hear it for alliums. And don’t forget the chives, a favorite snack food of a certain young onion/chive lover. The chives are marching along in perfect order.

This is the first year I’ve tried spring onions. Wow, did they love the garden bed! Since I’ve never grown them before, I tested a few before they were ready. Now they are all harvested and drying. I’m not sure if that’s the correct procedure, but it’s what I’ve done and it seems to be working.

The garlic was a surprise from last year. I think. I’m forever popping sprouted garlic cloves in a garden bed or patch of ground. Usually, they are eaten before I get anything useful. This spring, for the longest time, the middle bed had only this big bouquet of garlic greens. Finally, after the complimentary squash plants over grew it and scapes started growing, I could tell they were done. I pulled them out and we actually have garlic! Also drying with the onions.

I pretty much leave the leeks alone, letting the bees enjoy the flowers (and earwigs-isn’t that odd?). Sometimes I will harvest a leek, but most are left alone to reseed. And they do that very well.

How about you? Any tips for growing alliums? Or better yet, a favorite recipe?

Looking forward to next year and a fresh crop.

Author: Angie

I live with my husband and crazy kitty. Much of my time is spent writing, reading, and playing with the grands. You can usually find me sipping tea or coffee, nibbling on dark chocolate, and contemplating what to plant next in the garden. If not those pursuits, then I am probably trying to figure out how to cook and live in an RV, creating cards with rubber stamps, walking, hiking, or out snapping photos with my camera.

4 thoughts on “Garden Harvest: A Win for the Onions (and Garlic)

  1. Looks like a great harvest!

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  2. Hi Angie,
    I tried twice just now to post a comment to your lovely recent blog post. Not sure if I ended up posting 2 partials, so I’ll just finish here and not mess up your blog site!

    My dad had a huge garden and always grew onions and chives. I loved them both. One of my favorite snacks (and I was a fussy eater!) was a raw onion with salt on it! I remember my dad teasing me that I would never have a boyfriend, but that didn’t discourage me from eating them. To this day, I love onions, chives, garlic…

    Have a great evening!

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    • Oh, I LOVE that story! I can’t find a post on my blog, so is it okay if I copy and paste it over there? That’s too cute about eating so many onions and chives you will never get a boyfriend…and eating onions with salt! I haven’t tried that, but I LOVE eating raw onions. Sliced. With nearly everything. We usually go through at least 1 onion a day. I remember one time walking past my grandson, asking, “Why do I smell onions?” “That’s me, Nana. I was eating your chives.” Hee-hee. He still grabs a few stalks when he walks past them.

      Thanks for sharing your story! Have a lovely evening!


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