It’s time to plant shal­lots

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening Week -

LAST week I was telling you how to pre­pare your shal­lot har­vest for win­ter stor­age, and now I’m plant­ing more! But these pun­gent lit­tle bulbs are a god­send – com­pared to onions they store far longer (of­ten into May), their flavour is con­cen­trated, they bulk up read­ily and suf­fer from fewer pests and dis­eases.

Au­tumn plant­ings also give big­ger yields than spring types. ‘Jer­mor’ is my favourite long va­ri­ety – the elon­gated bulbs are easy to slice. When it comes to cooking them whole, ‘Griselle’ is ideal, be­ing spher­i­cal and flavour­some.

Shal­lots pre­fer an open, sunny site with free-drain­ing soil (light soil is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for au­tumn plant­ing). Us­ing a trowel, plant bulbs so only the top­most ‘tuft’ is show­ing, and space 10in (25cm) apart.

Plant shal­lots in an open, sunny site now for good yields next sum­mer

Spher­i­cal ‘Griselle’ is a flavour­some shal­lot

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