Kids love to discover that there's no such thing as
"green onions," separate and distinct from the big, bulbous yellow and white
onions that we all know.
All "green onions," or "garden onions," really are, are
If you harvest an onion plant before the bulb really
starts to grow, that's what we call a "green onion," and you mostly eat the
green part. If you let the bulb grow all summer, then the green part is too
bitter to eat, but the bulbs are delicious!
Onion photos from Brown's Omaha Plant
Farms, Inc. -- www.bopf.com
do grow onions differently based on whether you want to end up with the
skinnier green onion, or to let them grow all summer long for a big bulb onion
crop that will last you through the winter when properly stored.
Green onions are prized for the mild taste of their
"greens," particularly for salads, while bulb onions are prized for many
recipes as well as the easy way they store for months and months of enjoyment
long after the harvest is over. They come in different colors and with
different intensities of flavor. You'll probably want to wind up with a few
different kinds of onions, to celebrate that variety.
just a little to know to grow onions right. Spacing is much different for a
green onion result than for a bulb onion result, for example.
Kid gardeners need to know how to grow onions if they are
going to have a very popular theme garden - the salad garden!
all the "dirt" on onions is provided for you from this Omaha-area grower. They ship
almost everywhere and really know onions, as well as sweet potatoes and
gardening in general.
guidance for what variety will grow best in your area, in the space you have
With this background information, growing onions should
make you LAUGH, not CRY!!!