Top setting onions that provide dozens of tiny onions from the tips of there leaves just in time for the start of pickling season. They propogate themselves at an incredible rate. One of the most cold hardy onion, they can keep growing at 28*F. If you plant them in a hoop house/green house then you can have onion greens all year long. They are often grown by old time gardeners.
Clump forming onion with leggy appearence. Each leaf features a cluster of onions that range in size from a chick pea to a pearl onion depending on the age of the main bulb.
Bulb: Strong flavor and resilience to heat make these bulbs wonderful for soup stocks.
Greens: The first green thing you will eat in the spring. Wonderful addition to fermented foods and stir fry.
Topsets: Great for pickling. Nice addition to stir fry.
Planting: I plant these in a 3"-4" grid pattern on a 30" wide bed. Soon they will establish themself throughout the bed and it will be solid onions. For a more controlled setting you can plant them at 3 in spacing in a row, they will soon fill in. Establish a perennial bed for them.
Cultivation: Give them plenty of nitrogen when they first sprout. During bulb formation (topset) give them extra water for big succulent top sets. They like shallow frequent cultivation. I cut them all back 2" - 4" above ground in the fall and then lay a thick layer of oatstraw mulch down. They will grow through this in the spring but most weeds wont.
Harvest: In mid to late summer I put on an apple picking bag and walk down the bed and pluck the topsets off with a pinch and twist so as to not take off too much leaf with them. Then I spread them out on screens to dry for a week before crumbling/seperating them with my hands but crushing the cluster. I then place them in a plastic 55 gallon drum that has been cut in half lengthwise and use a leaf blower to seperate the skins.