How to Eliminate Onion Weed without using Poisons

The facts about onion weed:

  1. invasive and persistent edible weed
  2. spreads by small bulbs breaking away from the mother bulb
  3. easily identifies by a distinctive garlic/ onion  like smell
  4. all parts are edible and can  be used like a baby leak or spring onion
  5. slender light green strap like leaves thinner than garlic chives
  6. small pure white drooping flower like a snow drop with a green stripe down the middle of each of the five petals
  7. can form a dense carpet of foliage suppressing other plants
  8. in Autumn it dies back absorbing nutrients down into the bulb ready for re-growth in spring
  9. onion weed grows in waste places and road sides and in under nourished gardens

Managing Onion Weed:

  • takes time and patience without the use of poison
  • remove all foliage by cutting below the soil level whenever you see it (this will weaken the plant and help prevent regrowth)
  • always mulch heavily so the leaves cannot get sunlight to photosynthesise(plant will eventually starve and die)
  • mow it if you can and feed the grass (the grass with smother the onion wee d)
  • if choosing to dig it out do it in late winter early spring when it starts to flower. Do not shake the soil off in case you dislodge the small baby bulbs. Only burn or bin the bulbs and roots.Do not add to compost heap
  • some breeds of goat love it (cashmere and boer cross)
  • Some gardeners have
  • learn to live with it!

Advantages of the onion weed:

  • eating the cut greens is a sustainable way of disposal (chopped into mashed potato, soup and stock)
  • flowers give salads an attractive  lift and a subtle onion flavour
  • can be used for pesto and in smoothies, in scrambled egg and chopped to flavour butter.
  • it is a great living mulch / ground cover in the cooler months

Health benefits include:

  1.  contains sulphur
  2. helps reduce blood cholesterol levels
  3. stimulates the circulatory system
  4. contains valuable chlorophyll, fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
  5. helps protect you from colds and flu in the winter months

A thought to ponder :

Could the gardeners worst enemy, the onion weed, become our best friend?

Maybe  this weed can be used as an organic insecticide.

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