Plant french shal­lots

Gardening Australia - - STEP-BY-STEP -

TINO CARNEVALE shows how to en­sure a good crop

1 LOOSEN the soil to a spade’s depth and in­cor­po­rate a lit­tle com­post (not ma­nure, as it’s too rich). French shal­lots, which are also known as golden shal­lots or es­chal­lots, will thrive in a sunny spot in your gar­den. You can grow them from small cloves pur­chased at gar­den cen­tres or saved from last year’s crop. Choose firm, healthy, un­dam­aged cloves for plant­ing. Each clove should mul­ti­ply into 6–12 cloves.

2 DRAG your spade through the pre­pared soil to cre­ate a num­ber of shal­low chan­nels, 30–40cm apart. Place your cloves along the chan­nels, 15–20cm apart, pointy ends up.

3 BACK­FILL with just enough soil to cover the cloves, leav­ing the tops show­ing above the sur­face. Wa­ter them in, then wa­ter spar­ingly un­til the shoots are about 10cm long. Af­ter that, keep the plants moist for rapid growth.

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