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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:57 am 
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Last Fall I left a number of onions in the ground. By accident or laziness or both. I'm not much on cleaning up my garden after things cool down, so to speak (laziness!). I was quite surprized three weeks ago when I began to clean things up that all of the onions I had let overwinter had divided into large multiples of new onion sets, ready for transplant. On reflection, I know that onions are a type of bulb, so from that standpoint I should not have been surprised. But consulting my vegetable gardening books (lots of these) I find that it is only garlic that is propagated by leaving a few plants to overwinter and then divide the following Spring. This onion plant division occurred with both red and yellow onions, though I have no idea what variety they were - just bought them at the local garden center.

Is this common or some fluke of nature? If common, then I'll never have to buy onion sets again!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 7:10 pm 
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Good question! I'll have to go take a closer look at the few green (bunching) onions I never pulled last fall. I have continued to use them all winter but I notice they are a bit more muscular looking now. (Especially since I put in some onion sets nearby.)

In the same general area I have a patch of oregano that wintered nicely and there are garlic plants coming up (I had a bunch of dried out little corm things that peeled off of last fall's garlic when it dried, and I poked them in the ground to see if they'd grow). I can't tell you how wonderful it is to brush past that part of the garden--onions, garlic, and oregano--it smells like an Italian restaurant. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:05 am 
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I know what you mean! I haven't planted anything new yet and my marjoram, Italian parsley, Italian oregano, Mexican oregano and thyme are looking wonderful and smell so fresh. I can't wait to put more in the ground shortly!

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