With some advanced planning you can have delicious scallions to go along with your other salad greens. Scallions, or green onions, that have been just pulled, like everything else, have an exceptional taste compared to what you’re used to from the store.
I like to grow everything from seed. There’s several reasons why I do that. First, I know how they have been taken care of. Proper growing conditions, consistent watering, and a true organic environment are things you don’t know about when purchasing transplants. Second, the price of seeds vs. transplants. I can spend $3 on a packet of scallions and I”ll have enough to grow for 2 years. For that same price you’ll get 15-20 scallions starts. The satisfaction of being able to start your own crops and then have them go from garden to table is very rewarding. The third reason is taste. These homegrown scallions are much milder and sweeter than store bought. One other advantage is you can use a dibble to plant your newly starts of scallions a lot deeper than you would by just planting 16 seeds per square foot. This means that the white part of the scallion can be much taller, which is a good thing. There’s nothing like having a green onion with a white stem thats 6 plus inches tall rather than the 1 inch ones you buy at the store.
In terms of timing, scallions will take 100 days from seed to harvest. These were started long ago and are ready for harvest. Right now is the perfect time to sprout scallions for your fall/winter harvest. The timing will be perfect. They will be large enough to either harvest or to keep in the ground to last throughout the winter season. Give them a try, you’ll be glad you did