Find out how to grow your own shallots
Growing Shallotsgrow your own | vegetables
are a must have for any kitchen garden
. They are easier to grow and more productive than onions
, and they cost a fortune to buy in the shops. Shallots are related to onions, but are drier with a milder and sweeter flavour.
are usually grown from shallot sets
(i.e. from shallots rather than from shallot seeds) planted 6 inches apart in rows 9 inches apart with the roots downwards and the tops just below the soil. A shallot bulb can be divided into cloves
much like garlic
, but the whole bulb (as shown above) should be planted. As long as the bed is kept relatively free of weeds and is watered during prolonged dry spells, the shallots
will grow well.
planted will divide and grow into a bunch of 1 to 8 shallots. For large shallots, plant small shallots, and to grow small shallots, plant large shallots. Shallots prefer soil with 6.0-6.8 pH, but will grow in more acidic soils. The looser the soil, the larger the shallots will grow.
Shallots can be planted in the autumn or spring, but the best flavour
come from over-wintering shallots planted in late autumn for harvesting the following August
. Shallots can also be planted in the spring (mid-February to mid-March) for harvesting in late August.
Harvesting and Storing Shallots
should be harvested on a dry day. Pull up the clusters of shallots, remove any excess soil, and leave them in a warm, shady, and well ventilated
spot to dry out and cure for around one week.
Select some of the best quality shallots from the highest yielding clusters to store and use as your shallot sets
for the following year's crop.
Shallots can be stored in the same way as onions
in mesh bags. If they are kept below 10 degrees Celcius in a dry, well ventilated location, they can keep for 6-8 months.
Article Published: 08:06, 12th Jul 2008
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