Time to Plant Handy Kitchen Vegetables: Onions and Garlic

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ChrisMcLaughlin Chris McLaughlin, contributor
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Onions are versatile - feel free to use them at any developmental stage.
 
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Plant onion seeds now.
 
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Garlic is very easy to grow and indespensable in the kitchen
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Onions are versatile - feel free to use them at any developmental stage.
 
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Onions are versatile - feel free to use them at any developmental stage.

 

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I don't know what you're doing in your garden right now, but I hope it involves planting garlic and onions. Onions are one of my favorite vegetables to grow and onion seeds should be planted now (starts and transplants are planted in the early spring).

The awesomest thing about having onions in the garden is that they're useful at every stage of their growth. Remember that onions like to be hugged, so press the soil down around them firmly after you plant them. A couple of weeks later, they'll be germinating and you should be prepared to pull your big girl panties on and thin them to 2-3 inches apart.

Onions are handy from the get-go. Harvest the scallions (green stems) anytime after about January. While we're used to purchasing the large, round onion at the grocery store, there's nothing wrong with harvesting onions of any size from your garden to bring into your kitchen.

For me garlic is right up there at the top of the handiness list. Not because you can use them in various ways while they're growing, but because so many culinary dishes benefit from their unmistakable flavor. Garlic is super simple to grow; anyone can have fresh garlic for the kitchen. I planted only heirloom garlics this year and my family's favorite is a hardneck called 'Chesnok Red'. So, that'll be going in again this year - big time.


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Comments (4)

LottiePrado writes: very nice
Posted: 6:02 am on October 17th
OrlandoWilliam writes: I love onions
Posted: 12:26 am on February 13th
lmr2020 writes: I agree with NVanZanten : she writes : so is this good advice for Zone 5 - the ground freezes hard here!

I live in Michigan and wonder the same thing! Are you really giving good advice to Zone 5 gardeners?

My uncle would pull parsnips from his garden after the cold arrived, but I do not remember getting onions in the cold. And I sure the parsnips were had before January COLD!

Posted: 3:08 pm on October 7th
NVanZanten writes: So is this good advice for Zone 5? The ground freezes hard here. What zone are you in?
Posted: 7:55 pm on October 6th
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