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Milwaukee, WI
misstwyce
Aug 21, 2017 7:44 AM CST
Hello,

I recently moved and my new home has a garden patch in the backyard. Next summer I would love to plant a small vegetable garden. This summer, the garden patch is over run with green onions. I remember reading that onions are notoriously difficult to remove from garden patch. Are there any methods that I can begin now to remove the onions so that I can plant other things next spring?

Thanks!
Sarah
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Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 21, 2017 1:18 PM CST
Water ! Then ! Pull and pull !!!
If edible. You could dry.
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Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 21, 2017 3:57 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, Sarah ( @misstwyce ).

The onions shouldn't be difficult to eliminate from your garden... just pull or dig them out while the tops are still present. If you miss some (because the tops have dried down and you miss them), they will likely re-grow in the spring, but they're easily removed.

Although, I'm wondering if maybe you mean "chives," which grow in clumps and have rather thin leaf stalks? Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Because they self-sow their seeds quite readily, unless you keep the purple flowers trimmed off before that happens, they can be difficult to control. If this is what we're talking about, dig out the clumps that are present, and then next year dig out any that re-grow from seeds or from roots that got left behind. Smiling
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Milwaukee, WI
misstwyce
Aug 21, 2017 7:19 PM CST
I'm glad to hear that I may have over-estimated the stubborn-ness of green onions. I'm pretty sure that what I have are scallions and not chives. We are forecasted for quite a bit of rain the net few days that will give us a thorough soaking. After the rain has passed and the soil is wet, I'll take to pulling and digging out the clumps of onions.

Thank you both for your advice!
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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Weedwhacker
Aug 21, 2017 7:27 PM CST
You're welcome Smiling

If they're scallions you should have no trouble removing them. Enjoy your new home and garden!
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