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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 PBS 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:

plastic bottles

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

TOP VIEW

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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646 responses

  1. Ray Gallo

    I tried buying small onion in the store but they don’t work you need onion sets or onion plants.

    April 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    • Christine Madrishin

      thank you i just asked the same question

      May 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      • yes, you can use onion sets

        July 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm

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  3. Christine Madrishin

    could you use a strawberry pot instead of cutting thru plastic?

    May 31, 2017 at 2:57 pm

  4. Christine Madrishin

    can you use onion sets?

    May 31, 2017 at 2:58 pm

  5. krishnanu

    i heard water being stored on plastic bottle becomes poison after sometime……so is it a risk to use plastic. please reply ha……otherwise very great idea and thanks for sharing it

    July 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

  6. Neska

    It is a fantastic idea. Thank you for sharing it. I thought that veggies needed to grow in the ground to absorb nutrients…is this right?… or am I missing something that I am not aware?
    Please let me know…
    Thanks

    August 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm

  7. Charlene

    Do you use the green sprouts or the actual onion bulb I’m confused

    August 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

  8. imelda

    How do I get the onion out of the bottle once it has grown larger than the hole that was originally made ? do you cut the plastic ?

    September 4, 2017 at 10:58 am

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