The common onion comes from Asia. Onions were fed
to the builders of the Egyptian Pyramids and were
shown by drawings on their buildings. During the Civil
War, General Ulysses S. Grant said in a message to
the United State War Department, "I will not
move my army without onions."
Green onions are easy to grow from sets. Sets are
small onion bulbs. Plant the onion sets in late March
or early April.
Sort the sets into two sizesthose larger than
a dime and those smaller than a dime. Use the larger
sets for green onions. You can use the smaller sets
to grow dry onions like the kind you would use to
put on your hamburger. To grow green onions, plant
the larger sets 1 1/2 inches deep and close enough
so they are touching each other.
Keep onions weed free! To grow nice, long, white
stems for green onions, hill the row by pulling the
loose soil toward the onions with a hoe when the tops
are 4 inches tall.
For green onions, pull them out of the ground when
the leaves are 8 to 10 inches tall.