Wild Onion (Allium spp.)

Heralding the beginning of Spring is the gathering of the wild onions! Every year around the Spring equinox, onions appear in large groups throughout meadows and along tree lines. They quickly begin forming their flower buds, and then seedpods, though. However, these can be a delicious treat as well. Pickled onion tips are wonderfully zesty and an excellent addition to any salad or late Spring, early Summer burger. Heck, just out of the jar is fine too!

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Yet, by the beginning of May they will all have gone to seed; and at that point it’s best to leave them in the ground so they can propagate more for next year. plus the actual, large Onion bulb is not nearly as tasty by then anyway.

To transplant them to your home, it’s best to carefully lift the whole plant out of the native soil (take some with it too though) and re-plant it either in a pot or prepared bed at home. They like deep, rich soils that are well drained. Transplanting them as early in the Spring as possible is good too, since their bulbs will still have all their energy stored up in them, and can potentially still propagate that year.

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