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Braiding onions, how to plant them properly?

One of the best things about gowing onions is that you can harvest them to make garlands.

To do that, the long, leafy top left on the onions and braided onto twice to form long ropes.

Braiding is a actovoty that the cildrenn enjoy, particularly when their finished plats are hung as edible decorations.

Its fun to start onions from seed in the early spring.

And have those same draped around the kitchen (and enriching meals) in the fall. some good sweet spanish type onions are Ringmaster Alisa Graig and sweet Sandwich (see Sources for Edible garden Suppliers).

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žOnions need light, fertile soil, and should plante closed together ( every inches or so) and teh thinned to a 4 inches spacing ( the spacing is also appies to onions sets, if you prefer to start your onions growing from bulbs.)

Because they shalow and root ( the root is what you eat).

They need to mulch in hot weather to keep the soil moist and cool.

Although you can harvest onions almost any time in every stage of their development from tiny green onion leaves in their infancy.

( don’t take more than one or two per onion brainds enrich both decor and cuisine, plant if you want ti keep on growing) to littel scallions to baby inions.

If you have storage and braiding in mind, you will have to wait until the onion is perfectly ripe and ready.

Whe some or all of the tops are yellowed and fallen over.

Knock down the ones that are still upright with a rope. when all of their tops are brown, pull up the onions and get ready to braid.

Braiding onions is a lot like french-braiding hair-each twist of the braids bring a new material from lower down the chain.

To start, cut a length of twine as long as ( or longer than ) you want the garland to be, and lay flat along the work surface.

Line up your onions over the twine with the brown leaves facing toward one end, each onion slightly overlapping the one before.

starting with the first onion, separate the leaves into three sections.

Incorporating the twine into one of the sections, and begin to braid.

when you about half to three quaters down the lenght of the first onions leaves.

Begin to incorporate and braid in to the next one, so that the bulb sits on the top of the previous braid as the braided rope continues behind it.

Continue in this fasion until your garland is as long as you would like it to be.

Cure the braided garland in the sun, or in a well ventilated dry area, for about three to five days, until the leaves are brown and dry.

One way to do this is to set the braids on top of old window screens supported on sawhorses so that the air can circulate freely around them.

After curing, the braids are ready to hung for storage, allowing to cut off them as needed.

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