Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Nutrition

Growing fresh green onions in your windowsill even in colder climates

See also

Having access to local fresh vegetables can be a challenge if you live in colder climates. Growing your own winter greens are an easy way to eat fresh vegetables and may be easier than you think.

An easy vegetable to start with is a green onion. Start by purchasing a "starter" set at the store --green onions in the produce section with some root still attached. You can continue propagating and growing from an initial purchase all winter long.

After buying your green onions, chop off the greens and use them in your favorite dish. Save the bulbs with the root attached. Place the bulbs in a glass with water that covers the bulb and sit it in a windowsill. While a South-facing windowsill is ideal, you can also grow them successfully in non-sunny windows.

Every two days, rinse off the bulbs and change the water. Within 24 hours, you'll see new green shoots appear. Once the greens grow out again, cut them off and use in a recipe, save the bulb and start over again. The same bulb can produce greens over and over again, all winter long.

Young green onion tops are a good source of Vitamin A, C and K. Green onion tops can add a zippy flavor to salads -- such as the sweet potato and green onion salad in the video -- and stir fry.

You can find green onions to start your windowsill glass vegetable garden at most major grocers. If you live locally, they can also be found at Bloomingfoods Co-op.


Nutrition Source: SELF Nutrition Data



  • Randy Travis
    Randy Travis returns with 'Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am' in August
    Today's Buzz
  • Alternative medicine
    Alternative medicine: Remedies to make the bugs in your body go away for good
    7 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    10 Photos
  • Back to school
    These 10 items are sure winners on your back-to-school shopping trip
    12 Photos
  • Izabel Goulart
    Izabel Goulart walks the runway with Studio F at Colombia Moda
    19 Photos
  • Ombre' technique
    Go for the gusto: What ombre' technique are you?
    5 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Industry-paid 'experts' on soda and diabetes
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518207392" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Pushkar and Yan are part of an international team using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis.
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518179796" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • The Clean Plate Club: Food portion size eaten research.
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517737588" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>