Monday, July 31, 2006

Most are welcome

Red onion gone to seed

Some vegetables, like the above onion, are biennials. The majority of things we pull out of our veg gardens are annuals, and, as such, put out seeds in their first (only) year, like tomatoes. Others, mostly root crops, can live through the winter and sprout into seed the next year. Why didn't I pull this onion last fall? I don't really know. I haven't grown onions from seed before, and, unlike most of the other volunteer seedlings, I doubt the seeds from this plant will magically become a bed of onions; they have the reputation of being fussy seedlings. I guess it is because I like to see the green shoots emerge again, to be followed by the rather curious seedhead. This thing is nearly 4' tall.

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