Plant french shallots
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.