Garden Tip 46:


The warm spring rains have resulted in an abundance of wild onion in the garden. It is not a large weed but it can be a distraction when present in large quantities and it is a tough one to eradicate.

I have found lifting the bulbs with a trowel to be quite effective. The bulbs often have small bublets attached to them and one needs to be careful not to shake them loose when cleaning soil from the bulb.

Often the onions are growing too close to plants making the use of a trowel impractical. In this situation onions should be pulled by hand when the soil is wet from rain to be somewhat successful in removing the bulb along with the foliage. At the very least removing the foliage will weaken the bulb and prevent the plant from going to seed.