That’s Shallot

  
 One of the most rewarding things about growing your own veg, is that you get to make and enjoy some pretty awesome food with the produce you grow. Onions are probably my “go to” staple vegetable of choice when I’m cooking at home, but I’ve never really paid much attention to their close relative, the shallot. 

In the past few seasons of growing, I’ve got a little stuck in a rut with regards to the types of vegetables I grow. Call me crazy but I want to like the food I’m going to be eating! But then isn’t it a gardeners duty to try to push the vegetable boundaries and try and grow new and exciting things? 

Enter the shallot

  
Here in the North East I feel it’s still a little early to get the shallot sets straight in the ground, so I’m trying a little experiment by starting them off in modules. 

It’s fair to say that the sizes of the bulbs vary but I’ve only got these modules to hand so they’ll just have to do! It’s not like they’re going to be there forever, more like a couple of weeks to get a jump start on the growing season. Once they’ve started to shoot and it’s slightly milder, I’ll transfer the sets to the open ground at the allotment. With a bit of luck, they’ll be ready to pull in July! 

One thought on “That’s Shallot

  1. I really had fun growing shallots last year and they multiplied 5-8 per bulb planted! I planted a small patch late last fall, just to see if they would winter over here in Zone 5. We’ve had a mostly mild winter, with no snow cover, and so far they haven’t rotted with all the rain or turned mushy from freezing. Showing no growth yet, but I’m thinking it was worth the risk of a few bulbs. I’ll plant rows and rows of shallots next week, although as I write this, lazy snowflakes are falling!

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