Onions

Yes, this has nothing to do with code, but is pretty cool (and useful), and won’t be the last such post. As I mention in my ‘About the Blog’ page, I like all sorts of technology, and one that I want to pursue (once I clean out the storage room) is hydroponic gardening (especially lettuce, as I recently learned how much I enjoy grilled lettuce (little olive oil, high heat, quick scorch, finished with lemon juice, parmesan cheese)). Hmm, as evidenced by this paragraph, I also really like parenthetical asides, even the nested variety.

In any case, the gist of it (water based growing and self sufficiency) has been front of mind recently, and then I heard that you can extend the life of green onions by keeping them in some water. Makes sense, easy to do, so I gave it a shot. My wife made dinner the other night and needed a bunch of green onions. As we typically do, we chop the whitest part off, but this time, instead of pitching it, I tossed them in a highball glass with an inch or two of water. Placed it in the west facing window over the sink, nothing special. That was 4pm.

Fast forward to 8pm. Kids in bed, cleaning up the kitchen. I swear I can already see growth (the cut ‘plane’ is no longer a plane, but rather, there is a 1mm bump in the middle). Wife thinks I’m seeing things (I am really optimistic generally, so she may be correct).

The next morning it’s undeniable, there is about 4mm of growth, but I start to question myself…is it just an illusion? Are the outer layers contracting, making it appear that the core is extending? 24 hours after the cut. No, it is not an illusion. 48 hours after the cut, are you kidding me?!

And with that, I give you, the incredible, edible, onion:

I’ve read that celery, ginger, garlic, bok choy, and a variety of other things can be grown this way as well…but at the same time, I see avocado given as an example, and I’m not ready to commit to growing a whole tree, so I’d probably pass on that one. I am growing a ghost chili plant outside, so I’ll probably post about that at some point. I have a few peppers already showing, and a ton of buds and blooms ready to grow.

Do you do any interior vegetable gardening? What interesting tips have you learned?