by Texas Homesteader~
One year it was a roller-coaster ride for RancherMan & me due to me suffering an unexpected illness. It would be the very first year I couldn’t plant my garden. I’m not gonna lie, it made me pretty sad.
Thank goodness I had garden angels that surprised me at our house one beautiful spring morning and completely prepared all of our raised beds and planted my garden for me. What a blessing!
I was able to harvest fresh veggies from my own garden this year because of the love and tender hearts of those sweet people.
But as I recovered from my illness, obviously my focus wasn’t on gardening. So I had some garden failures too where I normally wouldn’t have. One such failure was my crop of onions.
I planted plenty, but I wasn’t able to tend to them as they grew. So they just withered & disappeared beneath the straw mulch as the brutal drought gripped our area of Texas for the third year in a row.
But recently I was pretty excited to see those little green tops peeking from beneath the soil. Some of my onions were coming back!
Double Onion Sets
As I watched them grow it became apparent that they were beginning to double as they had in years past.
Where one onion plant grew I could tell there were two (or more) onions within that same bulb.
Some onion bulbs had up to FIVE sets in them! So I raked back the mulch and pulled out the onions that are doubling. As I pull the onion from the ground I can clearly see a single bulb but two onion sets.
Separating Double Onion Sets
This is where it gets exciting. I take a curved knife and carefully cut away the outer part of the bulb. It’s softer than a normal onion so it’s easy to do.
Then I peel back the layers until I get to the firm onion sets within the bulb.
Then with my curved knife I gently cut through any remaining membranes & separate the two sets. As I get to the roots I rock the knife gently back & forth to slowly slice through the roots, being sure to leave some roots on each onion set.
There were quite a few of the doubled onions in this row. So I set to work pulling the bulbs, separating the sets, and replanting.
Then I gently re-covered the newly-planted sets with mulch. Yea – replanting onions!
Where I once had a sad partial row of onions I now have a very full row of onions. So full in fact that I’ve had to scout elsewhere in my garden to plant the remaining onion sets. YES!
The onions may very well split again between now & spring. If they do I’ll just repeat the process.
The last time my onions doubled like this I had a bumper crop, so many that we couldn’t even come close to eating them all fresh.
My hope is that this year’s onions will provide the same kind of harvest. RancherMan does love his onions!
My Favorite Garden Hacks
- Easy Garden Planning Spreadsheet
- Getting A Jump: Planting An Indoor Greenhouse
- Repurposed Cardboard Seed-Starting Pots
- 3-Sister’s Garden – The Original Companion Planting
- Low-Cost Vegetable Gardening
- Planting A Large Galvanized Trough
- Using Cheap Biodegradable Weed Block
- Tricking Birds AWAY From Your Strawberry Plants
- Easy Compost For A Healthy Garden
- Propping Tender Seedlings
- Cheap (or FREE) Wood Mulch For The Garden
- Homestead Hack: Remember Where You Planted Seeds
- How Vegetable Gardening Can Change Your Life!
- Keeping Potted Plants Watered
- Planting Potatoes In Galvanized Trough
- Planting A Blueberry Bush In Galvanized Tub
- Stevia – Growing Your Own Sweetener!
- How I Use EcoBricks In The Garden
- Making An Inexpensive Temporary Cold Frame
- Compost Old Confidential Documents
- Repurposing A Coffee Can For Deep-Soak Watering
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