A couple of months ago I opened the lid to the the compost pile and saw some fresh-looking green onion ends laying on top of the coffee grounds and grass clippings. I don't know who tossed them in, but I knew it wasn't me (if I had been doing the cooking I would have thrown them in the stock scrap bag I keep in the freezer). Back when I tried to re-grow green onion from the stem ends it was in water and I didn't have any luck, but I wondered what would happen if I planted these stubs in the dirt. I used my finger to poke holes in the wet garden bed next to the compost pile, inserted a onion bottom in each one, and tamped the dirt around tightly. When I was done all you could see were two little green stumps poking out of the ground.
I didn't do anything to those stumps. There has been (more than) enough rain to keep the garden area saturated. Because of their location theonions weren't particularly easy to see, and after a while I kind of forgot about them, However, a couple of weeks ago I noticed the green tops, which were now long, luxuriant, and very thick. I couldn't wait to see what the bottoms were like! When I dug them up they looked like this:
The one on the right was like a green onion on steroids, but the one on the left was actually starting to develop a papery onion skin. I chopped them up, ends and all, and threw them into the fritatta I was making for dinner, where they added a great onion flavor.
Five years ago today: Fat Cat