February 4, 2011
PHOTO: Jorge Brazil/Flickr
Size:¬†12 to 24 inches tall
Sunlight requirements:¬†Full sun (A minimum of four to six hours is ideal.)
Water requirements: About 1 inch per week
Soil requirements: Moderately rich, fertile soil is best. An average pH of 6.5 is preferred.
When to plant:¬†Direct-seed as soon as the ground can be worked for spring harvest; direct-seed in late July and early August for autumn harvest.
Where to plant:¬†Garden; containers
When to harvest:¬†Harvest when the above-ground bulb reaches about 3 inches in diameter. More mature bulbs may be tough and woody.
Produce storage:¬†Store unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, leaves removed, for several weeks.