How To Collect Seeds-Green Onions!

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I love green onions! I toss them in almost everything; soups, salads, and even in my sandwiches. I love them fresh, and sautéed in any oil or butter, and grilled!

You’ve seen how I propagate them in my window sill here…but I also grow them in my garden. I collect the seeds so that I can do it all over again…why? Because I love green onions!

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You can re-grow green onions this way…Cut off most of the green tops and plant the white part and roots (of course) in good soil. In a few days you will see it start to grow. What “green” you see here is about 2-3 days of growth. They grow fast. They love a sunny window sill and gentle watering.

If you’ve ever grown green onions and let them bolt, then you already know the flowers are so pretty! Another plus is the bees like them too! So I always let a good amount of my green onions bloom to show some love to the bees! They work so hard and this is the least I can do for them!

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Flowers + Bees—Bees + Flowers! The wonders in nature never cease to amaze me. I am humbled each time I step outside to see the beauty of it all.

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Mint in the background. I love to brush my hand along the mint. Such a refreshing fragrance! Inhale deeply and smile. Give it a try!

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Half of this garden bed I’ve allowed to “bolt” (a fancy way of saying letting the plant “flower” so you can harvest the seeds off it). After the green onion flowers, I leave the flowers on the plant to dry. It is in each little blossom where the onion seeds are found. How cool is mother nature?!

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After the blossoms dry, I will either store the “whole” head or take them apart like you see here. Just make sure the blossoms are totally dry so you don’t get any mold growth.

You can “re-grow” green onions by putting the bottom parts in water or soil and if you grow them outdoors, you can allow a few to bloom flowers and then collect their seeds and then plant the seeds! Amazing right?! And simple as well! I love that.

I harvest the green onion by snipping them with scissors. Even the plants that are bolting; I will snip the long green stems (NOT the stems with flowers on them). If I let the plant grow too much and the greens are thicker, I make a soup with the greens, much like you would do with leeks. I’ve also grilled them. Rarely anything goes to waste in the garden and really if I don’t eat everything, it all gets composted back in!

Did you know?

Green onions are full of vitamin K and C.

Green onions are good for your eyes. With vitamin A and carotenoids (cancer fighting properties) and both Zeaxanthin and Lutein, working together to keep the eyes healthy!

One last picture…..

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A nice surprise: If you already follow me on instagram, you’ve already seen this little guy! (Eastern milk snake). I found him on one of my walks along a trail I mowed on the back half of my property. What a cutie right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green onions are one of the easiest plants to grow. I hope you give this plant a try. If you’ve thought you didn’t have a “green thumb”, this plant will give you hope! Collect the seeds and you will never have to buy them again!

Like it, share it! With love and peace, Koko 🙂

Moth Factoids

Spotted this moth just outside my door. This moth was about 2 inches long. Beautiful in the real!

 

Moth Facts; Did you know?….

There are over 11,000 species of moths in the United States. That’s more than all the mammals and bird species in N. America alone!  Throughout the world; more than 160,000, more than 10 times the amount of butterfly species.

Moths are great disguisers! Evolution has taught some to mimic insects so that they are less likely to get eaten; such as, a wasp or praying mantis.  Some look like bird droppings; ewww.  I guess whatever it takes to be safe!

Moths pollinate plants.  And some like the humming-bird moth will feed on nectar from plants like verbenas and honeysuckles.

While the humming-bird moth will eat nectar most adult moths don’t eat at all.  The Luna moth doesn’t even have a mouth!

Many moths are hairy to help them maintain body temperatures; which is a must to fly.

Moths find their way by the moon and available stars.

The smallest moth has a wing span of 2-2.5 millimeters.

The Atlas moth, Hercules moth, and the Great Owlet moth are the largest in the world if you are counting their wingspans which can measure around 11-12 inches.  That would be amazing to see in person!

Many moths fly during the day.  You many not notice because they are colorful like their relative the butterfly.

It is not powder you see on your hand after touching a moth but thousands of tiny hair and scales.

Female moths lay between 60-300 eggs.

Have a wonderful day.  I’m heading out to play in dirt and if I’m lucky I will get to spot some other interesting creatures.  Peace, Koko 😉

 

 

 

Kissing Frogs! Erm…Toads

LOOK WHAT I FOUND IN MY GARDEN!!!! ….

Prince Charming!

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An American toad came to visit me in my garden!  What a treat!  I squealed like a little girl seeing this cutie.  The only difference between then and now is I didn’t put it in my pocket!

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Can you see him smile?

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I love him; warts and all!

Technically toads are frogs, but here are some differences between the two. Frogs have smooth skin and are usually found near water. They also are good jumpers. Frogs have mad hops! 😉

Toads have dry bumpy/wart like skin. They are not usually found near water and their jumps are short and choppy.

They both are amphibians. Amphibians are cold-blooded.

“Take the time to look; to see things that are meant to be unseen.  Surprises are everywhere if you just take the time to look.”   Peace, Koko

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