It’s walking…

It must be a year since my dad gave me some walking onions. Having nowhere in the ground to put them, they went in some pots, where I watched them grow and form onion heads.  Then I wondered what might happen next.


Last week, I noticed that a bunch of onions had fallen off the plant (featured above, near the rhubarb), so I decided to leave them in situ. Maybe I wouldn’t have chosen this spot but a plant’s gotta do what a plant’s gotta do.

I wouldn’t call a leap of faith ‘walking’, however – I certainly hadn’t had an image of onions jumping. Rather, I assumed the plant was suffering and a branch had simply broken off.

Indeed, this might well have happened – or I simply hadn’t noticed the phenomenon I saw today. Basically, a dying stem was lowered to the ground, where the onions at its point could root and make their own way in the world. Isn’t that just so graceful?

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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7 Responses to It’s walking…

  1. It is so graceful and very clever .. I grow them also. Wonderful to cook with 🙂

  2. gaiainaction says:

    That is just so cool Helen, never heard of it before but love it. An onion plant with attitude 🙂

  3. I’ve never heard of walking onions. What efficiency. I’m amazed at the variety ways to self-propagate. I hope you get a bumper crop.

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