walking onions

garlic planting

The garlic is planted! Above you can see it all laid out and ready for planting. I thought that might be more interesting than showing you the dirt afterwards. I counted – there are 33 cloves in the ground now. We’ll see how they do! This is my first year intentionally planting garlic, so wish me luck!

I also planted some ‘Walking Onions’, also known as Winter Onions or Egyptian Onions. They grow like normal onions until they sprout onion bulbs on top of their central stalk. If you let them go long enough, the little bulbs on the top of the stalk will also send out a stalk with bulbs on it, and so on…. hence the name ‘Walking Onions’.

walking onion bulbs

These are bulbs I saved from my own Walking Onions. I was originally given a few bulbs by a friend, and they have multiplied really well. They are in the ground now too – I planted them when I planted the garlic, because that’s what you’re supposed to do with them. That’s where the ‘Winter Onion’ name comes from.

The other name – ‘Egyptian Onion’ – I’m beginning to wonder about. When my hubby came home from the DR Congo he told me about a farm he visited while he was there; they grow manioc and peanuts and corn as staples, but also have some other crops too. He told me that they were having a really hard time with onions because the weather is always so hot there. It never gets cold enough for the onions to go to seed. They want the onions to go to seed because they don’t want to keep buying seeds – they want to save the seeds for themselves for their next crop. When he told me this, I immediately thought of my crazy onions with the bulbs on top —- of course! They would work. They would keep growing and forming bulbs, and the farm hands could keep harvesting the bulbs on top for the next crop. No need for seed. Maybe these have already existed on that continent in the past? That would explain the third name – ‘Egyptian Onion’. It would be really exciting to see if the farm can somehow get these onions from elsewhere on the continent and try them out!

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