Garden Diary #3 - Replanting sprouted onions and potatoes7:00 am
Replanting sprouted onions (done correctly) can ensure a crop of home-grown onions all year round. Apparently. So here's my first attempt. Slightly experimental I must admit!
We've all had that onion at the back of the pantry that has quietly gone to sprout. There's no need to waste this, this sprout can be replanted and the first step is to remove the outer layers of the onion just as if we were using it for cooking.
Beyond the point of if were cooking with is, keep peeling layers away until the very centre of the onion is exposed, leaving just the shoots, still attached to the bottom root system of the onion.
*Note, unless the onion had gone really soft and gross, these layers you're peeling off can still be used for cooking like normal.
If like my onion, you have two separate sprouts growing, you need to separate these, ensuring each has a portion of the root system.
These green shoots can then be planted straight into the garden, ensuring the green tip is exposed outside of the soil and will (should - experimental, remember!) regenerate a full, new brown onion!
Same can be done with sprouted potatoes. These ones were well past eating.
Simply cut the sprouted top section off the potato and discard of the rest. (These only rot in the ground anyhow if you were to plant the whole potato in)
Create a mound and lay your potatoes out to gage the distance between them. Give them plenty of room as remember these will grow a large green bushy top and the root system of each will produce many potatoes. Give them some growing room.
Four inches below the surface of the soil, plant your potato tops in, white shoots facing UP. These will grow up towards the sunlight and in fact, these white shoots actually die off but instead guide the new green shoots from the potato up to the surface!
Once your potato plants reach around 8 inches in height above the soil, you want to remound the soil further up its stem. This prevents any potatoes growing beneath the surface from going green from too much sunlight.
(But, that's a long way from now.... let's just see if they grow first!)
To be continued.....