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Planting Shallots

Clear some space, prepare the soil, and plant some shallots this fall.

Shallots are relatives of onions and have a milder onion or even garlic flavor depending on the variety.  They can be planted in fall in all but the coldest areas. And even those planting in fall may want to double their harvest with a spring planting as well.

Grow shallots in full sun and well-drained soil for best results. Shallots will rot in poorly drained, wet soil.

Plant the individual small shallot bulbs six inches apart.  Set them in the ground with the pointed side up and just the tip sticking out of the ground.

Some gardeners cover new plantings with six inches of mulch. Others don’t mulch, concerned the soil will stay too wet and the bulbs rot.  Base your decision to mulch on soil type and weather conditions.

A bit more information: Increase your success growing shallots and garlic by avoiding six common mistakes.  Once you do, you will be rewarded with a bumper crop of both to enjoy.

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