Just finished planting 160 onion sets, all are yellow storage onions.
As with everything else, I planted these too close together. As with everything else, I will start “thinning” and eating them as young onions with greens. My goal is to store about 50 onions for winter use.
I also planted about 40 Tohono O’Odham I’itoi bunching onions. These were brought to Arizona by the Spaniards but escaped and naturalized. When found, they were thought to be a native Allium, but DNA testing indicates a European naturalized onion.
Any onion that naturalized in the Southern Arizona mountains might happily naturalize here as well. They look seriously dehydrated, so I am not sure how many will sprout. It is drizzly today, and I expect more rain tonight and tomorrow. I hope they will get well watered in.
I ran out of steam before planting red shallots… tomorrow is another day.
I planted them in raised bed six, which is stone and will not keep brer rabbit out. Thank goodness brer rabbit is not fond of onions.
When I find an evergreen shrub or two for this bed, I will just pull a couple onions for dinner and plant the shrub(s).
Onions are very nutritious and medicinal as well. Savory dishes usually have onion and I would have a hard time making winter soups without onion. I have both onion and garlic chives under lights in my back bedroom, but they aren’t an absolute replacement for plain old bulb onions.
Onions are the original sulfa drug and there are entire books about the health benefits of the onion family. Eating onion as a regular part of your diet is about all that iis necessary to give a nutrition boost.
I recommend onions as an easy crop for new gardeners, especially bunching onions because they are a buy once have forever crop. I find bunching onions easy to dry and store. For cooks, I recommend shallots in colors. Also easy and nice multipliers.
To get a wide variety of onions, start from fresh seed as a biennial. In any case, plant onions indoors or out.
My goal is self-sufficiency in my food supply. I like bunching onions for their be fruitful and multiply habits. I like chives for the same. Bulb onions are a bit harder but can be saved from seed as well.