Monday, June 28, 2010

My First Harvest Monday

This is my very first time participating in Daphne's Harvest Monday! Although my harvest isn't quite as bountiful as those of the more experienced and successful gardeners out there, I'm still very proud of my harvest. I'm still amazed that I can actually grow anything edible!

This week, I harvested mostly green onions. The larger ones were the ones I grew from my grocery store leftovers (I bought a bunch of green onions, ate them, saved the last 2 inches of the root ends, and planted them in a pot). The smaller ones were thinnings from the green onions I'm growing from seed this year. Not really knowing what I was doing, I sowed the seeds really close to each other (they all sprouted pretty much touching each other), so I still have a bunch more to thin out. They may be small, but they still smelled and tasted very onion-ey.

Oh, and I also cut some oregano and thyme for Keith to use in the rub for his pork loin roast, which I ended up missing last night because I was in a rush to get to the airport. Here's another picture of the green onions after they were washed.

We chopped up the green onions (both big and small ones) and used them to make some tasty breakfast on Sunday.

Even though I still have a lot of green onions left in the garden, I decided to save the root ends to see if I could grow them again. I cut them much shorter than I did last time, just to experiment and see if they will grow from stubs even shorter than 2 inches. The smaller onions, I cut a little longer, just to give them a bit more of a chance to regrow, if at all.

Here is a picture of one of the short root stubs, back in the pot. I'm really curious to see if they will grow again. If not, I'll go back to replanting 2-inch root ends.


vrtlarica said...

I didn’t know that you can grow onions from leftovers. This is very interesting and new to me. Thanks for sharing.

Fred said...

Congrats on the great harvest!
My girlfriend and I are also trying out gardening for the first time. It certainly is work but well worth the effort. If we both keep it up, maybe we'll be experts in no time ;-)

Emily said...

Congrats on your first harvest. I'd grown green onions from the store, but usually just plant the ones I don't use right away. I never thought of planting just the roots. I'm curious how your experiment will work out. Good luck!

Robin said...

I have never heard of planting the onion root ends. That's a great idea!

Congrats on your first Harvest Monday :)

Tosha said...

I will have to try planting the roots too! This is our first year gardening to. So far it is going well!

Martha said...

I'd heard of replanting the root-end of green onions, only the article was talking about planting them indoors, in winter. I'd never thought of planting them outside in summer. I'm on it! Thank you for the wonderful idea!

Allison at Novice Life said...

Great harvest! Same here; I didn't know you could plant the roots of onions like that! I will have to give it a try!

Annie's Granny said...

Well, count me in on one who never tried planting the root ends! I've always just cropped the tops from my excess store bought green onions, and then planted the whole thing.

Nice first harvest!

thyme2garden said...

I've learned so much from browsing different people's vegetable garden blogs, and I'm really glad that I could give back a tiny bit and share this green onion "trick" with those of you who haven't tried it yet. Thank you all so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. This is very exciting for me as a new veggie gardener and blogger!
vrtlarica, you're very welcome! I hope you can try this at home yourself!
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Fred, thank you! I'm excited to find another first-time veggie gardener through these blogs. I'll be keeping an eye on you! :)
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Emily, thank you for your encouragement. I'll be sure to post an update in a few weeks to let you (and anyone else interested) to know if the tiny root stubs are growing.
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Robin, it's a very easy and rewarding experiment to try at home!
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Tosha, yay, another first-time gardener! Even with the hard work, isn't this a lot of fun?
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Martha, I haven't tried planting green onions indoors in winter, but it's definitely on my To Do list for this winter.
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Allison, go ahead and try it out. Let us know how it turns out!
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Granny, there's actually something vegetable gardening-related that you haven't tried yet??? Well, that's okay. You're still my number one inspiration for taking vegetable gardening more seriously (in a fun, good way) and maintaining a blog to chronicle my pgoress!

villager said...

You have a great harvest! All of us are still learning as we go, or at least I am. Green onions are a great things to have, so useful in the kitchen. And count me as wanting to know how your onion growing experiment goes.

debiclegg said...

You're doing a great job!!! I think everyone will be watching your experiment!!

Ottawa Gardener said...

Welcome to harvest monday. That's what I used to do with my green onions. Now the bunching onions are in large enough patches (and I am a bit of an allium fanatic) that I just snip off green leaves here and there from the patch. Nice harvest!

Lou Murray said...

Very nice first harvest. I see you grow green onions in a bowl. Me too!

Daphne said...

I've heard of people replanting onions before, but I've never tried it myself. I hope the really short ends work for you.

thyme2garden said...

Villager, thanks for visiting my blog! I love having green onions always available, too.
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Debiclegg, thank you for watching! I'm curious about the outcome myself!
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Ottawa Gardener, do you let your bunching onions overwinter in your garden? I was just reading up about that and was wondering if I could leave the plants in the garden, or if I should pull them all out at the end of the season.
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Lou Murray, the pot (or bowl, if you prefer) was my only option as my garden space is very limited. But so far, it's working out great for me!
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Daphne, thank you! I hope so, too!

Thomas said...

Welcome to harvest monday! I guess you'll have a captive audience to see how your replanted onions turn out. :)

Dirt Lover said...

great idea on the green onions. I might be trying that one this year.

Funkbunny said...

Interesting tip about the green onions.That's what I like about gardening; you never stop learning new things! and thanks for visiting my blog :)

michelle said...

I've put so many slimy green onions in the compost, what a great idea to plant them in the garden before they can get that way.

thyme2garden said...

Thomas, Dirt Lover, Funkbunny and michelle, thanks for your comments. Stay tuned to see how my root stub experiment pans out!

Cantor Craziness said...

We totally can be First Time Harvest Twins! Your stuff looks great!! I will have to try replanting, it has never even dawned on me to do so! Good Luck and can't wait to see what we have next week.

Vic said...

Nice work. Those onions look pretty tasty!

Veggie PAK said...

Wow! You've been doing Harvest Monday for a while now. Your first harvest looks very nice. The breakfast looks delicious!

cathy said...

for growing the onions from the root cutting, the small one will work which i am already successfully grow them in my small garden, but my way is a bit different with yours, i let the them dry on one or 2 weeks before i planted the onions roots.

good luck

cathy from France

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