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growing onions, garlic, green onions, and shallots indoors. How to grow onions and garlic in containers indoors.

You don't have to have a large yard or an outdoor garden to grow some veggies at home.  You just need a few things and a little know how.  Onions and Garlic are reasonably easy to grow indoors and you can just regenerate the ones you have for instance green onions will generate themselves if you leave the white part at the bottom and a tiny bit of the green.  Place the white part in a cup with water with the little fuzzy parts down, lay the green onion against the side of the cup to keep it vertical; then you watch the green onion regenerate itself and grow.  You can do this over and over again, they do seem to grow thinner though the second time around. 

The great thing about planting onions indoors is that you can use most of the onion for cooking while you use the the bottom part of for planting.  Cut the bottom root portion of the onion off.  This is what you will be planting.  In a container at least 4 inches high fill partially with soil.  Then place the onion inside root side down in to the soil and cover the remaining bulb leaving just a tiny bit exposed up top.  Water. Keep it in a very bright place where it will get at least 7 hours of sunlight per day.  Water when ever the soil seems dry. 

As the onions grow you will see green shoots up at the top,the roots will be growing down below. 

Growing Garlic

You can also turn one clove of garlic in to an entire bulb or a few cloves in to a few bulbs.  Break the bulbs up in to individual cloves.  Plant them in a container that is at least 3 inches in height, and wide enough for a bulb of garlic.  Plant the clove just about one inch deep.  If you are planting more than one put at least 5 inches in between them.  Plant them in the soil and water them when the dirt appears to be dry.  Keep them in an area where they will get plenty of sunshine.  Each clove will grow in to an entire bulb. You can also plant shallots the same exact way. 

When the green sprouts get to be about 6 inches and begin to turn brown that is likely when your garlic, shallots, or onions will be ready to pull out and use.


Roberta Baxter
Posted on Jun 5, 2011
A. Smith
Posted on Jun 4, 2011

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