I'm zone 5-6. Got a new house, mowed the lawn per city ordinance. Smelled like alliums. At first we thought onions. If small, they work as chives. As they matured however, the leaves get grassy and the stem produces a little garlic clove. They clump, can handle mowing (though I think they perfer less than more). They dry down to a clove. Tastes just like garlic, however I am growing garlic and it doesn't look quite like it. They have ribbed round leaves. We are on a hill that faces East with a loamy soil. Most people don't know what to do with them & just mow them. I'm guessing with cultivation they'll get nice sized cloves. I saw a few when I tried drying them down.
1. Anyone else have these?
2. Anyone want these? I'm up for giving some away to people who will pamper and proliferate. Moosage me if you're interested in a few bulbs. in exchange, I want a return of some heirloom seeds. I'll take anything (I'm a seed-a-holic), but I'm particularly interested in buckwheat for a future cover-crop.
I use it regularly in my cooking and hardly ever buy garlic at the grocery store. Here's a good way to use it:
John Elliott wrote:Sounds like wild garlic to me. It's endemic around here, and right now it's just beginning to send up flower stalks and form new bulbils. I imagine you might be a month or so behind us here in the South, but if you don't mow it, the flower stalks will get 18-24" tall before they start flowering. If you keep mowing it, it will have no choice but to propagate from the base and add more numbers to the clump.
I use it regularly in my cooking and hardly ever buy garlic at the grocery store. Here's a good way to use it]
Went to Taiwan a few years ago, and will always remember the green onion pancakes available from street vendors all over the country. They are incredible!
A couple of weeks ago I found a patch at the edge of some woods that had already fully flowered and developed that seed head full of little tiny onion bulblets. In just a few minutes I harvested a couple of cups of the seed heads, broke them up, and dispersed them all over the area of my property where they already grow a bit every spring. So maybe I'll have more now.