• Growing Green Onions from Scraps {Gypsy Magpie}

    How to Grow Green Onions from Scraps

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    Growing Green Onions from Kitchen Scraps {Gypsy Magpie}

    Winter has been getting to me lately.

    Everything around me is cold and dead. I am losing my patience with it all… which is pretty sad seeing how I live in the mountains and we don’t get spring until May! Even feisty little Lou {my snow-bunny!} has been dreaming of Spring! But, in her defense, the sledding snow has been few and far between so the glorious winter fun has been pretty non-existent. It’s only February, it’s gonna be a looooooooooooooooooong few months!

    The HERBS that I started a few weeks ago have pushed through the dirt and are cute little seedlings.

    My kids have had a lot of fun watching the roots grow down in the dirt through the sides of the clear plastic cups.

    Growing Green Onions from Kitchen Scraps {Gypsy Magpie}

    Growing Green Onions from Kitchen Scraps {Gypsy Magpie}

    Life is a pretty amazing process, isn’t it?
    Two of my girls have been especially interested in it all, so I figured I better find something else for them to grow to keep them curious!

    Which lead us to our little onion experiment

    Growing Green Onions from Scraps {Gypsy Magpie}

    Growing Green Onions from Kitchen Scraps {Gypsy Magpie}

    Did you know you can grow your own green onions from kitchen scraps? Yep, you sure can! Next time you chop up some green goodness to flavor your food, save the white root ends! All you have to do is place them in a small container of water {I used a half pint jelly jar} and set them in a sunny window!

    In just a couple of weeks and you will have beautiful green onions growing right in your kitchen.

    Growing Green Onions from Kitchen Scraps {Gypsy Magpie}

     So, if you and your munchkins need a fun springy experiment to fight the winter blues, put them to work growing their own food!
    All you need is a small container, a little water, some leftover scraps, and a sunny window.
    Now can February just hurry up and be over yet?

    *What are your favorite indoor experiments for kids?*



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  • Laurel@chippingwithcharm
    29 March 2012

    Ah-haaa…I’m going to try this!! Thanks :) Laurel

  • Linda @ it all started with paint
    29 March 2012

    Are you kidding me? What? I had no idea. You’ve just made my husband’s day. He is the biggest shallots fan! I am trying this. And I am pinning this!

    Thanks so much for linking up to our Cinch party!



  • thistlewoodfarm
    30 March 2012

    What an amazing project! I had no idea it was so easy to grow onions!

    Thanks for linking to our “It’s a Cinch” party.


  • Eclectically Vintage
    31 March 2012

    Love this – my girls will love doing this and seeing the onions grow!

    So glad you joined our Cinch party

  • Karah @ thespacebetweenblog
    1 April 2012

    This is so awesome…how perfect that green onions really do regenerate themselves. Thanks so much for sharing this at our Cinch party! Karah

  • Jeanette Jacobs
    23 September 2019

    How often do you replace the water?

    • Missy
      12 October 2019

      Hi Jeanette! I refill the water as the level drops and then replace the water when it starts to look murky. I like to use room temperature water so as not to shock the onion roots.

  • Sydney Copper Scraps
    18 January 2021

    Really a Great Article