- Highly resistant to bolting (going to seed)
- Great for storing over winter
- Yields bountiful harvests
- Enjoy the satisfaction in ground to plate freshness
A hardy relatively easy to grow shallot, which is highly resistant to bolting, making it a very popular choice for growers. They are extremely versatile in the kitchen and can be used both cooked and raw. They have bright golden skin and a crisp mild fresh. If choosing to use manure or fresh compost it is best practice to do so, a number of weeks before planting and sowing to allow the organic matter to be thoroughly broken down. Onion/shallots sets generally have yielded more reliable and consistent results than seeds and also require less work. Shallot sets are small immature shallots from the harvest of the previous year. Another advantage of sets is that they also tend to have a higher resistance to pests and diseases such as onion fly, eelworm and white rot. Sets should be planted mid-March - late April but can be planted earlier if using a polytunnel.
Rows should be planted about 30cm apart, and each onion set in the rows should have approximately 10cm between them. They can be done this closely as sets generally don't require any thinning as they grow. Dig a little hole, place a set in each hole with the neck facing upwards. Cover up the sets with just the tips of the necking showing through the soil surface. When choosing which sets to plant, avoid any sets with sprouts already forming, as generally these sets will fail to thrive. Check all sets for signs of discolouration and mould, these should be immediately discarded. By choosing only the healthiest tidy round and oval bulbs you should yield excellent quality onions.
Onions/shallots prefer a slightly acidic, fertile soil; however, they will do well in almost every type of soil. The soil should be firm but not too heavy and dense. If the soil is too heavy then you can introduce natural compost or manure to help retain moisture. If the soil is overly wet or does not get a lot of natural sun it is recommended that a raised vegetable bed is used to avoid disease caused by excessive dampness. It is also advisable to avoid using fresh compost matter and manure as this would further increase the moisture content of the soil. The soil bed should be firmed up, either by letting it naturally occur by letting the soil rest and settle a few weeks before planting or by speeding up the process by laying slabs, planks or sleepers over the soil. When soil is too loose the shallow roots of the onions cannot absorb water and nutrients efficiently, which can force them to bolt (go to seed).
To prevent birds from interfering with your crop, they should be covered with a plant protection net for the first 4 - 5 weeks. As onions/shallots don't have foliage to help combat weed growth, regular weeding will be needed. Hoeing will help increase air and moisture circulation in the soil and encourage bulb development. Watering should be done in the morning as moisture can evaporate too rapidly during the day. Evening watering should be avoided so bulbs are sitting in excess dampness overnight when temperatures drop.
Flower stems should be broken off as soon as they appear; this is a sign of bolting (going to seed). A hard stem will form inside the onion making them unsuitable for storing. These onions will still be suitable for consumption but should be used shortly after harvest. The shallots will be almost ready for harvest when about ¾ of the stems have yellowed and fallen over. This occurs about two weeks before they are ready for harvesting. After the two weeks use a fork to lift the bulbs taking care not to damage the skins, as this can encourage decay and micro-organisms to attack inner onion flesh. Harvesting should be on a bright dry day and excess soil should be cleaned from the bulbs. Bulbs should be left out to dry on a bed of soil where they can be air-dried for a few days. To store your onions over the winter, they should be cured for 3 - 4 weeks, by hanging them in a well-aired place in mesh or string bags.
|WEIGHT :||1.000 KG|
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Golden Gourmet Shallots 250g
Golden skinned Dutch shallot highly resistant to bolting
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