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Growing Green Onions, and Things I’m Thinking About (4-8-2014)

Growing Green Onions is easy and fun; this would be a great activity to do with kids!

Growing Green Onions in Water found on KalynsKitchen.com
If you’re following me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you might have noticed the amazing results documented above in my experiment with growing green onions in water, but I still thought it would be fun to share the photos of how quickly they grew.  This really couldn’t be easier, just cut off the root ends of the green onions (leaving enough to stick up above the jar or glass you’re growing them in), fill with water and let them grow!  I replaced the water every 3-4 days.  

It’s well documented that I’m a huge fan of green onions.   (You can enter “green onions” into the search bar to see all my recipe idea using them.) I’m on my second growth from this set of green onions, and they’re growing well but not quite as vigorously as the first growth, but I’m thinking I can cut my purchase of green onions at least in half.  And I’ll never run out of green onions again!

Here are a few more things I’m thinking about this week.

I thought this photo essay of 16 Children from Around the World and Their Bedrooms was both moving and thought provoking.  See what you think.

The Difference Between Men and Women.  Pretty much true, if you ask me.

As a former teacher, I always knew that small gestures could make a huge difference in the life of a child, so I loved this essay from Jason F. Wright called Meet a Boy Named Roy Who Put an End to Bullying and Changed My Life.  This will probably make you cry!

Love this map of How to Drive Across the U.S. and Hit All Major Landmarks!

And from a high school economics teacher, 100 Wise Words for Everyone.  My personal favorite is #83, how about you?

You can see other lists using the label Things I’m Thinking About.  And I’d love to hear in the comments about anything fun or thought provoking you’ve been thinking about this week.

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Growing green onions in water!

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    18 Comments on “Growing Green Onions, and Things I’m Thinking About (4-8-2014)”

  1. I realize this is an old post, and someone may have already pointed this out, but you can get better results by cutting all of the green part off, leaving just the bulb and the roots. That way you get to use all of the greens and they will regrow completely from the bulb, so you get double the amount. 

  2. I didn't see anyone mention it so I will. You said in the article the second growing isn't as strong as the first. That is probably because the water has no nutrients for the onions. I use a small pot with 6 to 8 onions and homemade compost to regrow organically and a family of 4 doesn't run out. A larger pot could accomadate more onions but using soil is key.

  3. super excited to try this out… thanks all for the tips.

  4. Link shared in the Food Shelf Friday post, "Waste Not, Want Not: Regrowing Food from Kitchen Scraps." https://foodshelffriday.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/waste-not-want-not-regrowing-food-from-kitchen-scraps/

  5. Jeff, I had some kids staying at my house last weekend, and they loved it too!

  6. We started doing this last summer.it works so well and the kids love seeing them grow so much. We were able to get two regrows power bunch before the quality began to suffer.

  7. This really works.
    I love it.

  8. Katie, you could eat the onion part, but it's the green part that grows and that's the part of the scallions I use the most.

    Janet, thanks for that tip!

  9. Great links, Kalyn! I have grown green onions, too, and swapping the water is KEY.

  10. I must be missing something here….. Are you just growing them for the tops? It looks like you are not eating the onion.

  11. Lydia, it has been so fun watching them grow.

    MeOfCourse, hope you will try it!

  12. Thanks for the info on this. I will try it. I have green onions growing outside but I do need to try this. Thank you.

  13. I've been growing green onions, too, as well as celery, on my windowsill. Isn't it fun?

  14. I didn't cut off the roots, I just cut off the root ends (with the roots on them.) And yes, the roots definitely grew a lot more in the water as well!

  15. It doesn't look like the roots are cut off the onions in the photo. Or did they already grow more roots out of the bulb?