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Green onions! Mmmm!

The Damsel loves them. They have that great onion flavor, but somehow fresher tasting, and usually not harsh or bitter. They cook fast. They’re cute.

What’s not to love?

Well, they don’t store as well as grown-up onions. But what if you could grow your own, easily, quickly, and–free?

The Damsel currently sees no downside.

Buy a bunch of green onions, feeling happy that this will be the last time for a very long time that you will need to do so. They don’t need to be this bulbous kind. They can be the more typical straight ones, and everything will be all right.







Cut the little root end off, as you normally do. (now use the green onion as you wish. The Damsel recommends a loaded baked potato. Worth every minute on the Stair-Master that it may cause.)

Put some potting soil in a flower pot or other container. Bonus if it looks nice on your kitchen windowsill, where you can keep an eye on it and then, later, other more wonderful things that have to do with kitchens and green onions. Poke a shallow hole with your finger and plant the little cut off piece, root side down, of course.







The Damsel was shocked how soon this was going on. Only a few days.







This was only a week or so later. Good grief.

Now, you can take your handy kitchen shears and trim off green onion at will, whenever the need arises or a baked potato occurs. And yes, they will GROW BACK. Over and over. And all you used was that little bit that you were going to throw away anyway.







Just to be clear, you are trimming the tops, not uprooting the onions.





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  • Love it! Now I just need a cute box like you have. Where did you get it?

    • Anonymous

      I can’t recall–I think it may have been from Jonathan’s funeral. btw which Chloe is this?

      • Calicocat2

        The copycat Chloe

  • Kilpack

    That is awesome! I’m so doing this. 

    • Anonymous

      amazing, huh? I can’t believe I never knew about this.
      Margot (The Damsel)

  • Mzford

    Ha!  Wonderful–better than chive!

  • Calicocat2

    Hey!  I have kept a kitchen herb garden in my yard for over 30 years,  and no one ever told me about this neat trick……..WHY HAS NO ONE EVER TOLD ME ABOUT THIS BEFORE????  Mucho thanks to the Damsel, who is always on her toes.

  • Jamie

    I am going to do this tomorrow. Have you ever chopped off the end of a store bought carrot and placed it in a saucer of water and delighted in the beautiful greenery that sprouts from it? You won’t get a carrot but it will look lovely next to your green onions. I still love chives, though. They can be for outside….

    • Anonymous

      I have done the carrot thing, and it’s fun…I’ve been hearing about a few other things you can do this with, too. I’m testing them right now, so stay tuned.
      Love chives! I have a nice big bunch growing outside in my garden. Sounds like I need to start eating onion 3 meals a day, lol. Margot (The Damsel)

      • Jamie

        Chives are just so beautiful. This conversation has reminded me of how the victorians also had greenery inside the home during winter months by growing a potato vine from a potato. I’ve done that also and the flower is sweet. 

  • omg this is Ah-maz-ing!!!  I am in love with this idea!!  I even have some green onions in my ice box right now, that will find there way into potting soil by days end!!  I am in love!!  Thanks!!

  • Wow I can’t wait to try this!  Thanks for another awesome tip 🙂

  • Erin Tatum

    I recently saw a suggestion to cut the green parts of the onion and freeze them, then just shake out what you need.  But I like this one a lot better– definitely get onions any time you want them!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

    • Anonymous

      That’s a good idea, too. I like the thought of being able to do that whenever the green onion situation gets ahead of me. Margot (The Damsel)

  • Meari

    Awesome idea. I’m going to try this!

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  • Zach Watson

    Still need to try this, but it is a miracle of awesome if it works for me 😀

  • Michelle

    Are you going to be on Pinterest soon? I really like the green onion idea, and was going to pin it.

    • thedamselindisdress

      Hi Michelle,

      I really appreciate this email, because I didn’t know my Pin button had disappeared. Fixed now!
      Thanks so much!

      Margot (The Damsel)