Thursday, March 24, 2016

why I cry in the greenhouse

Every year, when the baby onion plants get tall enough that they start to fall over in their trays, it's time to give them a hair cut. Cutting their hair (or, more accurately, cutting the tops back) helps encourage them to grow wide rather than tall, which is of course what we want in an onion bulb. (It also makes my eyes water, just like they do when I'm chopping mature onions!)
Onions are actually very resilient. Even if I accidentally chop one off while weeding, it usually grows back. On a farm where I once worked, ground squirrels mowed an entire bed of onions down to the ground right after they were transplanted, and we still got an onion crop that year. The bulbs were smaller than they would have been, but they still grew. Amazing.

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