Planting Shallots In Your Garden

Planting Shallots In Your Garden

Shallots are considered members of the onion family, but are smaller than onions and look more like garlic. The best way for growing shallots in your garden is in loose, well-drained soil that’s been amended with organic matter. They also prefer garden areas receiving full sun. Shallots are often planted in early spring or as soon as the soil is manageable in warmer climates. Plant them about an inch or two deep with the tips slightly protruding from the soil’s surface. Space shallots about 8 inches apart to prevent overcrowding. Some tips for growing shallots are that they require thorough watering once planted but will require less as they mature, with exception to overly dry conditions. Once mid-spring arrives, you may want to expose shallot bulbs to aid in the ripening process, as they develop better on top of the ground. However, a light layer of mulch will help retain moisture while keeping weeds to a minimum.

When to harvest shallots in your garden can be tricky for some, as this usually depends on when planting took place. Generally, fall plantings are ready to harvest in winter or spring while those planted in spring may be harvested in mid-summer to early fall. Harvest shallots when the bulbs are about 1/4 inch around but wait for the leaves to yellow before lifting. For an extended harvest season, plant and harvest the largest shallots first, replanting smaller bulbs in their place for harvesting later.

Vegetable Garden Shallot Plants

Vegetable Garden Shallot Plants

Shallots are ready to harvest when the foliage starts to turn yellow in July. Lift the bulb clusters with a hand fork, separate them and allow to dry. Shallots can be stored in trays or bags in a frost free place.

Backyard Garden With Shallots

Backyard Garden With Shallots

Shallots are an easy to grow vegetable with a distinctive flavour that can be used for cooking or pickling.

Garden Raised Bed With Shallots

Garden Raised Bed With Shallots

Shallots are normally planted as sets (immature bulbs). They can be sown from seed, but most gardeners prefer to start from sets as they are quicker to mature, are better in colder regions, less likely to be attacked by some pests and diseases and need less skill to grow than seed.

Outdoor Garden Shallot Plants

Outdoor Garden Shallot Plants

One of the easiest members of the onion family to grow, shallots (Allium cepa ascalonicum) not only mature faster but require less space than their counterparts.

Garden With Stakes And Shallots

Garden With Stakes And Shallots

Some shallots have coppery brown skin, while others are pinkish or a greyish-brown.

Growing Shallots In The Yard

Growing Shallots In The Yard

Shallots are soil tolerant growing well where the pH is between 5.0 and 7.0. It is always a good idea to have garden soil tested every few years to determine what if any amendments it might need.

Shallots In The Garden Yard

Shallots In The Garden Yard

Shallots are almost always grown from bulbs. These are initially purchased, but some can be stored for later plantings.

Shallots In The Yards

Shallots In The Yards

Happily, the home gardener can have a supply of shallots on hand all year round. Shallots are easy to grow; you need only find out which varieties are best suited to your local soil and climate.

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