How to Harvest Perennial Bunching Onions

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Perennial bunching onions are often referred to as walking onions because they develop a bulb on a shoot that falls over as it gets bigger. Harvest perennial bunching onions with help from an experienced gardener in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kathy Martin, author of the blog Skippy's Vegetable Garden, a journal of my sustainable garden. I am here in Belmont, Massachusetts, in my fall garden, with my dog Skippy and his friend, and I'm gonna show you how to harvest perennial bunching onions. This is a variety of onion called Egyptian walking onions. They're called walking onions because they develop a bulb on a shoot, and when the bulb gets big enough and heavy enough, it falls over, and where the bulb falls it takes root and makes another plant, and so they end up walking all around the garden. These onions are perennial in New England, they're green most of the year, they die back when we get a hard freeze and in the middle of the winter, and then their shoots come up really fast again in the spring. To harvest them I'm just gonna grab hold of the onions and give them a tug, coming up with a couple of plants here. The most edible part of the onion is the greens. I'm gonna peel away some of this dead outer layers from the onion, and once we do that we'll see a nice scallion-like onion on the inside, a lot like a shallot, sharper than a scallion, and they're really delicious. I absolutely love organic onions, and you will too. I'm Kathy Martin, author of the blog Skippy's vegetable garden, a journal of my sustainable garden. Enjoy your sustainable garden and grow some super perennial onions.


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