And We’re Off! First Planting of 2017

January 2017 potted shallots
A dozen lovely shallots, nestling in their modules, ready to grow.

These shallots we’re given to us by Dad-in-law Guru Glyn beck in November. I had planned to plant them out round about December 21st (“plant on the shortest day, harvest on the longest…”) but the weather wasn’t quite right, and then we had a busy couple of weeks, and, well… I forgot. Until Jo asked me yesterday whether the shallots were in yet, and suggested that if I can’t plant them out (the ground is frozen today, and heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow) then I might as well pot them up and get them going.

So: two varieties of shallots were duly potted up in our barely-above-zero greenhouse this lunchtime; ‘Hative de Niort’ (front) and ‘Jermor’ (back). Hopefully as the temperatures start to rise a bit over the next few days they’ll sprout and root and can be put in the ground once the conditions on the plot improve a little, but will still have enough cold-exposure to split the bulbs.

Fingers crossed.

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2 comments

    • Darren T says:

      I didn’t get around to putting in any over-wintering onions last year, so I’ll just have to rely on Spring-planted sets. The shallots will be a bit of an experiment for me as well, haven’t grown those on the plot before.

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