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Growing Onions Vertically On The Windowsill

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How nice would it be to just be able to pluck fresh green onions from the soil whenever you need them? Nothing beats fresh onions for your salads, dips or soup. But how can you ensure a supply of fresh onions at hand all the time?

Sure, onions are available all year round from the supermarket, but they are hardly fresh and there’s almost always no way to know for sure where they came from.

Gardeners of course will simply grow them but some simply have problems with available space.

I came across an image of spring onions grown vertically on the windowsill, using a common 5 Liter PET bottle, which I thought was a practical, space-saving and green way to grow onions. I posted the image on our Facebook Page and a few people asked how it was done…

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…and since I was curious myself, I did a bit of research and this is what I found:

FIRST, you need a planting vessel:

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NEXT, you need to remove the neck of the bottle then cut holes around it. You can use a scissor or a heated metal tool to make the holes. Make sure the holes are just the right for the onion bulbs.

CUT BOTTLE

NEXT, fill the bottle with layers of onion sprouts and soil.

LAYER

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Keep adding layers until you reach the top of the container.

NEXT, water it…

WATER

AND FINALLY, set it on your windowsill…

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And watch daily as your onions grow…

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In no time, you’ll have something like this:

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So the next time you want to add some garnish to your food, sweet spice to your soup, to whip up a savory dish or to make a nice, crunchy salad, all you’ll need to do is pluck some from your vertical onion garden.

And you don’t even have to worry about storing them.

Wouldn’t this make a great project?

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356 responses

  1. countrygirl351

    Hi, I think this is a great idea and I am going to try it….I plant a garden outside every year but this is a great way to keep my green thumb green all year long….Thanks so much :)

    February 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    • Howdy ” countrygirl351 ” :D and greetings from Down Under….What an pleasure to have you on board of the spaceship ;) …My pleasure always and anyone welcome.
      Keep on having fun lady, and keep those thumbs green .
      Cheers.

      February 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm

  2. Lily

    Where do you get the onion bulbs and is the idea to use the green part? I love green onions…I didn’t know they came this way…so I can use green part? Does the bulb part grow too or stay the same. Does it just grow forever. Sorry for so many questions. Thanks,

    February 6, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    • Thanks for your visit Lily…The bulbs you may get them at any nursery or local farmers markets, or any store which sells seeds, etc…The green shoots are yummy as an alternative for Shallots, and the moment they start getting woody or dry, that’s the time to be ready to harvest the whole mature onion, giving it another month in the soil, and very very little water….Out on the garden, they will regrow year after year, if left in the ground, but DO NOT EXPECT THEM TO TASTE GREAT….Best if you need onion seeds…..Thanks again for all your questions, glad you come by, and get out there for some fun gardening. :D
      Cheers.

      February 7, 2014 at 12:45 am

      • Lily

        Thanks “Old Fart” I will definitely try this…living in an apartment not much opportunity to garden but I might be wrong with great ideas like this!!

        Will this work if I put the whole thing outdoors on my balcony…I do get a lot of sunlight there and of course brutal TX heat.

        February 7, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      • My always pleasure “Lily “…On the balcony ??…INDEED WILL GROW, as bulbs vegetables like garlic & onions will grow in any condition/s….Shade ?? NO PROBLEMS :D
        Cheers and go try it right now. ;)

        February 7, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      • Thanks Lily for asking all my questions and Old Fart, great answer(s). Sharon

        March 31, 2014 at 7:21 am

      • :D LOL ” Sharon “…You could only ask, I would answer…I DON’T BAIT ANY-MORE, :D I KEEP MY TEETH IN THE DRAWER….LOL… :D
        CHEERS LADIES and have fun.

        March 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

    • Anne

      Look for a feed store or a garden center. The feed store will be cheaper and you will see a larger variety of onions. This would be a dandy idea for fresh herbs. The onions can get softball size in the garden outside, don’t let the ones in you window sill garden get that large or you won’t be able to get them out without wrecking the bottle. Good luck, have fun!

      April 1, 2014 at 6:35 pm

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  4. I’m going to try this

    February 7, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    • Thanks for the visit ” Sandie “….Why wait ?? :D …Go ahead have some fun. ;)

      February 7, 2014 at 10:08 pm

  5. Padma

    Hi,

    Looks like a very good idea but I am still a bit confused here. Once u remove one onion bulb, does a new onion grow in its place? And so u will hv onions thruout the year? Sorry but did not get ur idea completely…

    Padma

    February 8, 2014 at 12:11 am

    • Thanks for the visit ” Padma “…Well, NO :D …Once you remove the onion bulb, it is gone..Onions bulbs, can also multiply in the ground or place, ( Depends on the variety, example, Shallots will do. )…But while you grow them, ( Onions that is ),you may use the green shoots as an alternative for shallots in soups or dishes. ;)
      No need for confusion unless you never been gardening, and need some basic tips.
      All is soooo simple and easy to comprehend and put in practice…. ( Common Sense )… :D
      Cheers and go have some fun trying it ANY WAY that is.

      February 8, 2014 at 12:53 am

      • Sunee

        Why does it say 2 remove the neck of the bottle, and then shows it completed with the neck on? Looks like u can do it both ways, which way works best?

        February 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      • Sure “Sunee” ;) …you can do both, but first cut the top, plant gradually each liar of soil starting from bottom up, and then, just glue it back and water true the top bottle’s cap….Have some fun. :D
        Thanks for the visit and Cheers.

        February 9, 2014 at 2:19 am

  6. Stacy

    nice idea. can you put garlic bulbs in it too?

    February 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    • Thanks for the visit “Stacy”….NO DOUBT, you can plant any kind/s of bulbs, such as onions or garlic etc, also any flowering bulbs ;) ….Have fun and give it a go.
      Cheers.

      February 9, 2014 at 2:14 am

  7. Devjani Roy

    Thanks…. I am from India…it can get very hot here in the summers… Onions are very seasonal to grow.. Any thing else that I can do the same way?
    Devjani

    February 9, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    • Welcome “Devjani Roy”, and thanks for the visit.
      The sky is the limit mate….You can try garlic, strawberries, any bulb growing plant/s including flowers, so on and on…. ;)
      Think of something and have a crack at it.. :D
      Cheers and have some fun.

      February 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm

  8. Tiny374

    Can’t wait to try it.

    February 11, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    • Go ahead have some fun. :D
      Cheers and thanks for coming by.

      February 12, 2014 at 7:10 am

  9. 5 liter bottle?

    February 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    • Indeed ” J. Anthony “, 5 LITRES Bottle will do fine if you have some….. :D
      Cheers and thanks for coming by.

      February 14, 2014 at 7:45 am

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  12. Patti

    Quick question… does it matter if the planting vessel is clear or not? I have lots and lots of gallon milk and juice jugs, but I don’t drink soda, so have nothing that is clear like in the photos. I imagine it probably won’t make a difference, but thought I might ask anyhow. Thank you in advance :)

    February 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    • Thanks for coming by ” Patti “…..NO, IT DOESN’T MATTER AT ALL…And if you have larger containers, the better for you and harvest quantity….Even an gallon or 2 gallons container/s is fine.
      Cheers mate from an Old Fart here Down Under. :D

      February 19, 2014 at 1:06 am

  13. Kandy Nasso

    When I buy green onions, I cut a small amount of the root end off and put them in flower pots or even in my flower beds. It is amazing how many onions I have! I can’t wait to try them in the soda bottle.

    February 19, 2014 at 1:54 am

    • Thanks for coming by ” Kandy Nasso “……Sure there the sky is the limit on the garden tricks of trade…Roots cutting/s and replanting them is one of them….One may be amassed of the potential and/or the REWARD/S of it….Go ahead and have some fun. :D
      Cheers from an Old Fart Down Under .

      February 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

  14. jindra

    So to make it clear, it’s a smaller version of a strawberry pot ? Is it too late to plant tulips there?

    February 20, 2014 at 1:34 am

    • Yes ” jindra ” Thanks for coming by ;) …..CLEAR AS GLASS :D ….Same version same procedure, can be the same pot, ( CLAY POTS REQUIRE MORE WATER IN SUMMER ), so on and on, I don’t understand you about tulips , but I guess, if you like to plant some tulips bulbs on the wholes, that is just fine…Any bulb for that matter..
      Cheers

      February 20, 2014 at 2:50 am

    • Most tulips require cold season to form roots, either in ground or refrigerator or cold cellar. There are some kinds with small blooms you could try. Check out the nursery catalogues. Maybe try ‘Cheerful daffodils?’

      March 30, 2014 at 7:55 pm

  15. Julie

    Hey there Old Fart! Thanks for the tutorial! Quick question….when harvesting, can I just snip an inch or so off the tops or do I need to cut the whole length of the green onion off? Will it keep growing if I just snip off a little bit? Thanks!

    February 20, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    • Thanks for coming by ” Julie “…Indeed you may pinch not only a bit, an inch or two of the green shoots, but also the whole lot…Don’t worry, it will re-grow….You can do that few times, till you see that they are getting woody, and that’s when they will go on seeds later when onion bulb is ready.
      Cheers and have fun.

      February 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      • Debbie Schmidt

        Mind if I butt in here and say THANK YOU! Heading off to the store for onion sets as we speak! Maybe garlic also. and the flowering bulbs! great idea also. woohooo! new use for those bad plastic bottles! yay! thanks again. ;)

        March 30, 2014 at 12:12 am

  16. My only source of confusion here is if you were to plant garlic this way how would you get it out of the hole..or would you just wait until the entire thing is ready and dump it.

    February 21, 2014 at 12:46 am

    • Thanks for coming by ” camelynelayne “… :D ..No need for confusion….Make the holes large enough or even larger, to have space for pulling it out, or as you just said,
      wait till all are ready and turn it over/ or dump it. ;)
      That will simplify the harvest :D …LOL
      Cheers and have some fun.

      February 21, 2014 at 1:00 am

  17. a very practical idea

    February 21, 2014 at 8:12 am

    • Thanks for coming by ” anis ”

      Yes INDEED practical, not to mention the fun kids will have ;)
      Cheers.

      February 22, 2014 at 2:51 am

  18. moi aussi je vais essayer mais ??????????????,

    February 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    • Bonjour; ” Liliane Hilarion ” :D Thanks for coming by……TRY and LET ME KNOW HOW YOU GO ;) ….Merci de m aider car je suis perdu ,et j ai vraiment besoin de ce blog pour mon . :D
      And NO, I AM NOT LOST, JUST KIDDING… :D
      SALUT ;)

      February 24, 2014 at 1:16 am

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  20. Bertha

    Ex

    February 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    • Bertha

      Excellent way of saving space.

      February 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      • Thanks for the visit ” Bertha ”
        INDEED saving space, and having some fun with the kids is also part of entertainment :D .
        Cheers mate.

        February 28, 2014 at 9:59 pm

  21. Karen

    thank you for sharing this great idea. i am definitely going to do this with the grandkid’s.

    March 1, 2014 at 4:24 am

    • Thanks 4 coming by ” Karen “.
      Great idea isn’t ?? :D
      Not to mention the fun with kids. ;)

      Cheers

      March 1, 2014 at 4:36 am

  22. Reblogged this on Sexy Geeky Life and commented:
    Neat idea!

    March 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    • Thanks ” Heidy ” :D
      Have we meet before ??…Oh yes indeed :D
      ((( Hugs ))

      March 2, 2014 at 5:09 pm

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  24. are you real?

    March 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    • Thanks for coming by ” Linda Evens “…Are you the DALLAS star ??.. ;) Nahhhhh, just kidding. :D

      Reality or real is what your mind will make of it…Wrong ?..Right….I AM REAL, but the one in the pic is death now, thank god 4 it :D …..And yet, so is this fun for kids of all ages from 3 to 89 :D
      I hope you like the idea, if not, give it a try…
      Cheers from an Old Fart named PAUL.

      March 10, 2014 at 2:13 am

  25. ERay

    Reblogged this on Growing the World We Live in and commented:
    This is awesome and blowing my mind. Well done!

    March 11, 2014 at 2:08 am

    • Thank you ” ERay ” :D

      March 11, 2014 at 7:53 am

  26. Nona

    Great idea–theoretically–however I’d be concerned about the plastic container. The value of growing your own food is improved quality in addition to saving money and planting in plastic that is sitting in a sunny window seems like a bad idea.

    March 12, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    • Thanks for your visit ” Nona “…Practically speaking, if you are so much concerned of plastics, use CLAY POTS for strawberries :D …ONE WORD OF WARNING about clay, does not retain moisture, and gets dry very fast…Now what you need to be concerned is, either water, or no effects at all from PBS Plastics WHICH ARE RATED AS FOOD SAFETY.
      Have some fun…Cheers.

      March 13, 2014 at 10:35 am

  27. Jeannie

    Can I do this with regular onions and use the sprouts like chives? If so is there a particular onion best to use for this?

    March 13, 2014 at 4:57 am

    • THANKS FOR YOUR VISIT ” JANNIE “….SURE, you can use them sprouts as chives, the difference will be the fibre & thickness …That is all…They taste more like shallots, and more practical in summer salads than soups.
      As for best variety to use, if you like strong taste flavours, use brown onions, other ways, I WOULD USE WHITE ONIONS (My favourite/s )
      Cheers and get going having a go. :D Tell me later how you went. ;)

      March 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

  28. Ha! Thanks! My kids will love it. Great idea.

    March 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    • Thanks for the visit ” Paul K “….MUCH WELCOME & MY ALWAYS PLEASURE ;) ….Am sure the kids will love it…CHEERS AND HAVE FUN :D .

      March 16, 2014 at 11:07 am

  29. Tama Jo Mays

    Very interesting! Might give it a try

    March 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    • Go ahead and have some fun ” Tama Jo Mays ” :D
      Cheers and thanks for the visit ;)

      March 20, 2014 at 10:33 pm

  30. Chris

    Where would I find a 5 Litre bottle? I really would like to try this!

    March 20, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    • Now that’s a bugger ( Aussie word ) ” Cris “…You can find them any were, and every were :D ..HAVE YOU TRY YOUR LOCAL RECYCLING DEPOT ???…
      Cheers and thanks for your visit.

      March 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

  31. Cl

    I have a regular store-bought onion with the green top growing. Can I stick this in the dirt and will it keep growing? How much of the onion do I leave above the dirt?

    March 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    • Thanks for your visit ” CI ” .The sky is the limit of your imagination with bulbs, any bulbs for that matter…..GREAT..YOU HAVE THE ONIONS/BULBS ALREADY SHOOTING GREEN TOPS & GROWING….Half job done then :D ..Plant them just above the 2 thirds or a bit more of the bulb and let them do theirs own….When they ready to seed you will know by the thickest and stronger shoot, usually in the middle of other/s…Have fun.
      Cheers from Down Under :D

      March 22, 2014 at 3:37 am

  32. carrie

    Can you do this with potatoes

    March 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    • Hi there ” carrie ” and thanks for coming by.

      NO …I suggest you don’t try, at least,…Not in an small container…Potatoes tend to grow on top of each other/s and will bust the plastic bottle…..For potatoes use car tires or large drums, wooden boxes or just ground space.
      Cheers and have some fun with bulbs.

      March 23, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      • Nannce

        Hi, abut the potatoes. Some people are growing them in the black recycled grocery bags you get at food stores. Haven’t trird it yet, but an interesting idea

        March 30, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      • Hi ” Nannce ” …You are right….Potatoes ?? Well Yes…If one think of them as tidy popular plants, one is perhaps right….TRY IT in anything ..It works.
        They will grow any-were. :D
        Cheers and thanks for your visit

        March 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

  33. Pat

    Just purchased sweet onion slips for my container garden, thought I’d plant some in a plastic container to see how that works for me… Never know, may work out beautifully…

    March 30, 2014 at 12:20 am

    • Go ahead ” Pat ” …Fun is on your way..You will love it.
      Cheers and thanks for your visit.

      March 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

  34. That is pretty cool, I love this idea! I have planted mine already outside, but will probably try this in a couple months since onions don’t really like our summer heat. I can have my outdoor ones planted in the spring and my indoor ones planted during the other seasons. I love to cook with onions :)

    March 30, 2014 at 1:05 am

    • Welcome to the space-ship ” Dawn “.. :D …Go ahead and try the indoor planting in the cooler months…Either way, or any months will do also….Have fun.
      Cheers.

      March 30, 2014 at 11:13 am

  35. Gleaner Joe

    Not to step on your toes, Old Fart, but you can plant potatoes indoors as long as you have the proper pot. I use a 5 gallon plastic bucket (food grade of course) with a cheap burlap sack I place in first (an old coffee bean sack I bought at a local surplus store). Then goes the soil, some potatoes, and more soil. That way, when you water them once or twice a week, if it’s too much they won’t drowned, because the burlap will soak up the excess water and evaporate out of the parts of the sack that are exposed to the air, not to mention that it’s easier to harvest. Just pull the sack out of the bucket and you won’t damage the potatoes trying to dig them out.

    The trick is that you don’t want to plant them too close, because you want to give them space (and depth) to grow more potatoes. Only a couple potatoes per 5 gallon bucket should do. Potatoes like the cooler temperatures of indoors, too. If they grow outdoors and the roots get too hot they won’t grow very well.

    March 30, 2014 at 5:32 am

    • Thanks for coming by ” Gleaner Joe “… Not that I mind at all, you don’t step on my toes Joe :D …Your comment IS MORE THAN WELCOME, and can also led some light to some people on how easy is to grow potatoes for that matter…I only suggested to someone some-were above, in one of my replies just, NOT to grow potatoes in small plastic bottles, making holes or anything silly……Cheers and good luck with potatoes…I personally favour to grow potatoes in car tires :D …Wink ..Tip..NOT MUCH WATER, just moist is more beneficial for potatoes.

      March 30, 2014 at 11:25 am

  36. I understand the method of filling the plastic bottle after cutting its top off, but in the first and last pictures the top is not cut. So, how can I fill it without cutting???

    March 30, 2014 at 6:54 am

    • Thanks for the visit ” Nataša Pajestková ” …The pictures were intended to excite kids on the project…For adults and who will try it, it is obvious that an palm of an adult hand will not be able to go true an small hole… :D …COME-ON NOW…LOL ;)
      Cheers and have fun…CUT THE TOP OKAY ?? :D

      March 30, 2014 at 11:31 am

      • Carolyn

        One answer is to use a pickle or pickled pepper jar, they are made with large mouths and of plastic. Good luck Nataša Pajestková

        April 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      • GREAT IDEA ” Carolyn “…Why didn’t I think of it first ???.. :D …Go ahead and do it before someone else steal your idea…ha ha ha .
        Cheers

        April 14, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    • Carolyn

      Use gallon size plastic pickle jar or pickled pepper jar. They have a large mouth and hand fits well.

      April 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  37. imagesbyrox

    I read through, and still have a question. If I make holes big enough for the grown onion to be pulled out of, what’s keeping the soil and baby onion in there at the beginning? It seems like every movement or watering would bring more soil to the ground? Or maybe the original hole is small, and gets cut bigger at harvest time? Thanks for the fun idea!

    March 30, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    • Thanks for the question ” imagesbyrox “, and also thanks for the visit.
      The answer is the roots system…Onions can develop enough roots to hold THEIRS WEIGHT BY 20 TIMES.
      That if the soil is not over-flooded with water…Just in case you don’t know, onions love water to start , but will get rotten later if one water them 2 much…Tip ( Punch 3 wholes at the bottom of the bottle ) ) :D
      Just like the RED RIVER GUM TREES variety planted on the rivers banks….The roots are holding the soil around.
      As for the wholes , DON’T CUT THEM 2 SMALL .

      March 31, 2014 at 9:41 am

  38. donna haas

    hi just saw this and want to try it what is a pet bottle and can u use a pop bottle that is green or colored bottle i bought a bottle of pop yesterday at store just for learning to grow a new shoot for a rose plant but have to either drink the pop or throw it out so i can use it soon

    March 30, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    • One can use any type of bottle, colour, size or shape AS LONG as it is NOT GLASS :D, other-ways one will go the harder way of making the wholes true :D. ” donna haas ” .
      Thanks for the visit

      March 31, 2014 at 9:47 am

  39. Shannon L

    How does the dirt stay in after you start picking them?

    March 31, 2014 at 1:38 am

    • Welcome ” Shannon L “…Obviously, some dirt will spill out with the onions when one pulls them out ….But most of the time, till we harvest them, the roots system will hold most of the soil just fine.
      I must admit, that during the long course of growing and watering, one will have some soil particles coming out true the wholes…Such for perfection eh ?
      It is all for fun.
      Cheers and thanks.

      March 31, 2014 at 9:52 am

  40. I read the comments and can’t wait to try this. We have lots of gallon milk containers each week so I’m going to try different things. I think you answered my question several times but I gotta ask one more time. I cut off the green I need and that same bulb keeps producing over and over until the bulb gets to a flakey point right? And the same with my 5 gallon bucket of potatoes. Each set grows many potatoes right? And I can just continue to harvest them as needed right? Lol lots of questions for one post! Thanks for the idea and the answers.

    March 31, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    • Judy Ann

      afbhfsl80 I am not OLD FART PAUL…but I will tell you my answer…..Yes…you are right about the Green onions harvest the greens over and over as needed bulbs will keep producing green tops….ON the potatoes….when the green tops go to flower they are producing potatoes…AFTER the tops start dying YOU harvest ALL the potatoes…they do NOT keep producing potatoes off the same bush…you have to replant them to get more…IF you leave them in the dirt after the bush starts to die…the potatoes will ROT…..that is my experience…judyann.

      April 1, 2014 at 7:58 am

      • Thanks for your help / ” Judy Ann ” You are RIGHT also, …lol :D

        April 1, 2014 at 9:25 am

      • Thank you Judy Ann.

        April 7, 2014 at 5:16 am

    • Thanks for asking ” afbhfsl80 “…My answer to both your Question on onions is YES, RIGHT ( Keep on cutting the new green growing till they don’t grow no more :D ….With potatoes ON THE OTHER HAND, I may Suggest, when they start popping out of theirs space, meaning under you have lots ready, I would take the best and bigger out for consumption, and then, stir the bed and bring some young ones to the surface, then pour more soil on top….This way, when you reach the top of the 4 gallons drum, and it is time to harvest them, you will have all potatoes grown to almost same size…
      Cheers and thanks again.

      April 1, 2014 at 9:18 am

      • Thank You Paul and now with just a few onions and potatoes to begin with and to play around with it has gotten carried away and tomorrow I will be picking up my new 6×6 or maybe bigger, green house. I have gone from the two items mentioned to a whole garden of veggies. You can bet I will be back to get more hints as the season rolls along! Thanks again…I think! *smiling*.

        April 7, 2014 at 5:20 am

      • Way to go ” afbnfsl80 ” SELF SUFFICIENT :D
        Good luck and take care of your soil…Mulch lots .
        Cheers ;)

        April 7, 2014 at 5:34 am

  41. I’m doing this all winter. We live at 10,000 feet & can’t always drive the 100 miles to the nearest store. Onions love cold weather too so they will love my windows as they are cool.

    April 1, 2014 at 1:45 am

    • Good on you ” LyNel Gross “….I am certain you will survive regardless :D.
      Cheers and thanks for coming by ;)

      April 1, 2014 at 9:20 am

  42. Nat

    I love this idea but one question if you don’t mind, When you water the plant does the water stay contained or will it leak out of the holes?

    April 7, 2014 at 4:12 am

    • Welcome by ” Nat “…There are 2 simple ways to solve the floding problems…1- HAVE FEW SMALL DRAINAGE HOLES AT THE BOTTOM OF IT, 2-Trick/le watering… The trick of watering such pots is to do it slowly, giving time for water to absorb and go to the bottom first….Best is to water a bit, wait some 10 minutes and pour some more again….Cheers and thanks for the visit… ;)

      April 7, 2014 at 4:29 am

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  44. Ooh, I have the perfect container for this!! I live in an apartment and have been wanting to grow onions, and maybe I can put garlic in the same container. Thanks for the great idea!

    April 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    • WELCOME ” Michelle White “. :D

      Have fun….Cheers and thanks for coming by.

      April 9, 2014 at 3:35 am

  45. Janette

    Love this idea, here in B.C. we get dog threats in a large plastic 2 gal jar with a really large mouth. The treats are just about all gone I’m going to use it for this,

    April 22, 2014 at 1:52 am

    • That is just GREAT ” Janette “…Go ahead and have some fun. ;)
      Cheers and thanks for coming by.

      April 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

  46. Melissa Mason

    Ok, a bit off topic general gardening question here, as I’m a bit inexperienced but want to try this. I have some pots filled with some good, organic potting soil sitting on my porch, but gnats have been laying eggs in the soil so I can’t bring the pots indoors. Is there any way to kill the gnats without using chemicals so that I can use the soil for this method of growing onions indoors? If I mixed some diatomaceous earth in with the soil would it kill them?

    April 23, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    • WELCOME A BOARD THE SHIP ” Melissa Mason ” :D
      That shouldn’t be a problem…The Onions will do just fine outdoors on them pots and infected soil …To make these gnats leave your pots, or kill them I suggest use a hand-full or two ( Depends on the size of your pots ), of old lime dust or powder ..Builders lime is fine.
      Lime works well in the soil, brings acidity , and hopefully, if there is not tooo much of it , the onions will just thrive in it. :D
      Alternatively, empty the pots of old soil and buy some 2 bags of good quality organic garden soil at your local garden store.
      Give that lime a go, and let me know if the GHATS are gone or destroyed :D
      GOOD LUCK ;)
      Cheers and thanks for coming by.

      April 24, 2014 at 12:00 am

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