Johnny Onion Seed….

Oh, the Lord is good to me,

And so, I thank the Lord,

For giving me, the things I need,

The sun and the rain and the apple seed…..

I learned this song in Girl Scouts.  It’s called “Johnny Appleseed,” and it meant nothing to me at the time, just a fun little tune.  

Fast forward (very fast) almost 50 years and this song and the lore of Johnny Appleseed means a whole lot more.  Feelings and experiences have happened over those years that have made a simple song and a simple idea turn into something so deep and profound – it’s hard to put into words (but here I am blogging, lol, so I’ll do my best).

Let me start with the concept of sharing, but with one little change…let’s use an onion seed instead of an apple seed (bear with me, I don’t eat apples every day, but I do eat onions or onion salt or onion powder nearly every day).   Johnny shared his apple seeds, and I’ve been sharing onions…..special onions called Egyptian walking onions.  I entered the onion-sharing world when I met Ray Eicher, aka the onion man.  Ray loved John Denver music and came to our concerts whenever he could.  When he learned about my love for gardening, Ray promptly gave me some walking onions and told me that he had been sharing these unique onions all over the East coast and as far West as Nevada.  

My adopted onions plants thrived in California, and so I’ve shared them with friends in Florida, Alabama and a new generation of gardeners (my son and his friends) in Idaho.  The plant is perennial, and every part of the walking onion plant is edible. The onions are called walking onions because they grow new onions at the very top of their stalk.  The new onions eventually become too heavy for the stalk, then the stalk falls over and the new onions root themselves to the ground wherever they fall…one step away (walking) from the parent plant.

Sadly, I just got an email from the onion man’s wife Adele.  Ray has passed away, but I proudly keep the gift he gave to me and have shared it with others who will continue to share with many more.  

The Lord is good to me. He has given me friends that share their gifts, talents and time with me.  Step by Step, I do my best to pass along whatever I can.  Together we plant the seeds that become the spice of life.  

Thank you, Ray!