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# **INTERESTING CROP TO GROW, IF YOU AREN’T ALREADY: WALKING ONIONS**

Walking Onions (also called Tree Onions/Egyptian Onions/Topsetting Onions) are a hardy perennial that grow back every year from their bulbs. You can purchase Walking Onion bulbs and sow them anytime after the winter cold. Once established they will shoot up each February. They produce clusters of new bulbs at their tops which eventually cause the stems to bend over and they start growing into new plants wherever they fall, thus the name ‘Walking Onions’. You can harvest the young stems throughout the summer and eat as scallions or wait to harvest the onion bulbs at the end of the summer when the stems will dry and brown and the new bulbs look like miniature onions. You can harvest these for eating, leave them to drop and grow on their own again, or save them to grow more plants from elsewhere.

**I am growing them for the first time this year and they look to be doing well so far. I'd love to hear from anyone else who is growing or has grown Walking Onions. If anyone has any tips, questions or suggestions, please comment below.**

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1 month ago

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Mine currently

Doing well here with these

Also growing these for the first time this year. I grew them on in pots in a cold greenhouse over winter and planted them out last week. Doing really well so far 🤞

I’ve never heard of these. I love my perennial spinach that just keeps giving.

I can only find one stockist (other than Amazon) - and they're out of stock! Any suggestions for supplier?

They are great in my garden, they do really well, south facing and full sun seem to suit them best

George Cockburn

Some wild ones.

Great tip, I'm trying to move to more perennial planting this year.

Would anyone be interested in a swap? A couple of bulbs for some seeds?

Would like to try these next year

I’ve grown them before but don’t have any at the moment. Will cadge some from my sister who has loads once I can visit and am certainly happy to share

Denise Sim

Where can we buy the bulbs from please?

I planted some out of date seeds for ‘welsh onion’ this year and they’ve come up great. I’ve been told that’s another name for these and I really hope it is, as they see brilliant

I have just planted some seeds.

Checked on my walking onions this morning and they are growing strong. First time I've grown them and they seem great

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5 hours ago

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Google lens isnt too bad

I find this very accurate. plantnet.org/en/

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Candide. Free and no in app pop ups or charges. It’s also a gardening community with tips and articles.

Thanks for that 😊

inatuaralist is very good and free x

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Hi all. 
Ive been growing these chills plants that I was given. I dont know what type the are. Not sure how long I should leave they before picking. I feel like the one and the front is ready. Does anyone have any advice please?

Hi all.
I've been growing these chills plants that I was given. I don't know what type the are. Not sure how long I should leave they before picking. I feel like the one and the front is ready. Does anyone have any advice please?
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Yes, you can use these chillies. Not sure if all chillies go through the process of green to red so, depending on your preference, you could leave them a bit longer. Just looked it up. Flavourwise not a lot of difference but green are more bitter than red. It is suggested you could pick and put on windowsill to turn red but have never tried that myself.

With homegrown chillis of unknown provenance treat them like they’re all really hot. So cut a little bit off and give it a nibble first to ascertain how much you want to put into whatever you’re cooking.

I would leave them for longer. It's still early in the year and most (not all, but most) chillies change colours from green. You don't have to worry about them getting over-ripe any time soon. 🙂

I would agree with leaving it. To me they look like they'll turn into big chillies or peppers. You can tell when they're beyond ripe because they start to go slightly soft and wrinkly after too long. So I wouldn't worry, see how it goes. Usually the bigger the chilli the milder the flavour, but always depends on the type and if you eat the seeds or not 🙂

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Remove if not allowed. Selling bird feeders, made to order with preferred bottle.
What you guys think?

Remove if not allowed. Selling bird feeders, made to order with preferred bottle.
What you guys think?
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Love this xc

Great idea!

This is amazing! Easy to clean too! 💞

This is great, thanks for posting Austin

Hi I would love one please do you post? Xx

I would love one please

Wonderful

Why sell it?

Love the bottle you’ve used - hate gin but this is a brilliant distillery if folks get a chance to visit - don’t miss it 😊

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Hi , I am reporting photos of this lovely shrub or tree now that it is flowering in the hope someone can identify it.

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Looks like wisteria.

Wisteria

Correct, Wisteria. The white form is not as common as the blue.

Wisteria ...Lovely

You’re very lucky

Wisteria floribunda

Wisteria - mine just flowered for the first time in fifteen years ...

Ooo never seen a white wisteria! 💚

❤️

Beautiful 🙂

Thank you. I'm soooooo happy. I've always wanted a wisteria ❤. I didn't know there were white ones. The previous owners of this garden planted it well. 🙏

Yup! I have a white one too, usually they are bright blue

Nichola Simmonds

Wisteria lovely

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I’ve got some kind of bug on my spinach (pot grown at the minute), it’s almost within the leaf, any ideas what it could be please? It’s making the leaves go clear.
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I’ve got some kind of bug on my spinach (pot grown at the minute), it’s almost within the leaf, any ideas what it could be please? It’s making the leaves go clear.
Sorry, difficult to photograph.
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2 days ago

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Possibly a miner leaf grub. They leave little white trails through the leaf.

Hi, can anyone please tell me why some roots are thinning like this? It’s on about a 1/3 of all the cauliflower and beets I’ve sown this year.  Thank you 🙂

Hi, can anyone please tell me why some roots are thinning like this? It’s on about a 1/3 of all the cauliflower and beets I’ve sown this year.

Thank you 🙂
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Im thinking someone has had a nibble! Slug or mouse?

they're maybe affected by damping off - a soil fungus

Snail/slug nibble!

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Can anyone help identify these spots appearing on my tomato plants please?

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2 days ago

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Eggs fro a butterfly 🦋

Look under the leaf..maybe something eating it..spray with garlic water insects hate it.

It looks like powdery mildew, but need a better photo to be honest. I would probably remove the leaf.

Mildew, you can spray milk on the leaves and it will get rid of mildew. I cup of milk to 9 of water in a spray bottle.

Spray twice a week on tomato leaves.

Flat or raised ?

Garlic water spray will work well to stop insects

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Hi all! Ive been gifted a lovely little baby pumpkin plant & a rhubarb plant (pumpkin was from seed, rhubarb from their garden) received yesterday & have been googling how to not kill them but theres so much advice & some quite complex (well, to me!) Does anyone have any simple advice on how to look after them? I have a garden, some compost on its way)
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Hi all! I've been gifted a lovely little baby pumpkin plant & a rhubarb plant (pumpkin was from seed, rhubarb from their garden) received yesterday & have been googling how to not kill them but there's so much advice & some quite complex (well, to me!) Does anyone have any simple advice on how to look after them? I have a garden, some compost on it's way)
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plant the rhubarb in the garden, not too deep. I would cut off all but one of the leaves to reduce water loss. Keep it well watered for the next few weeks.

Plant the pumpkin somewhere sunny. Watch out for slugs who can eat the young stems, as they get a bit older they get tough and so slugs are not a problem. Water it well and feed with tomato fertiliser once it has flowers. They make large sprawling plants.

I have an awesome rhubarb plant. All I do is water it very well.

Pumpkin 🎃- I always cover mine with netting to protect them from being eaten. I give them plenty of room to grow and I lift the fruit off the ground if it lands on grass or mud where water would flow when it rains. So I put a margarine tub under the fruit to suspend them

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