Shallot or not?

Shallots have been cultivated since ancient times, possibly originating in or around Ashkelon, now a city in modern day Israel, for which a former classification as A. ascalonicum was named, as well as the term scallion, which is now applied to several sorts of allium grown for use whilst green and typically with little bulb. Shallots… Continue reading Shallot or not?

The weather finally allows the main crop onions to be planted

One of the first things we plant outdoors is the main crop onions, shallots, and garlic. We overwinter a crop in the polytunnel, which will be ready several weeks before the outdoor sowing. We found that those overwintered outdoors did not perform quite so well. Whilst they can stand the cold, the damp is problematic.… Continue reading The weather finally allows the main crop onions to be planted

Seed list 2014 – part 2 – alliums

This second article looking at the varieties we plan to sow in the coming year covers alliums: onions, shallots, garlic, and leeks. I make several sowings of onions, shallots and garlic. The first sowing, from sets, is at the end of the season, late autumn or early winter, to overwinter in the polytunnel. I have… Continue reading Seed list 2014 – part 2 – alliums

Bags of onions

I have already posted a couple of times about the great onion, shallot and garlic harvest this year. We have been eating our way through the autumn sown crop from the polytunnel for some months, whilst the main crop has been left a while in the glasshouses to dry. This weekend we went through them,… Continue reading Bags of onions

Onion and shallot harvest

In a previous post, I showed the results of our best ever garlic harvest, which produced plenty of large, good quality, and well flavoured bulbs. Certainly the weather has been more favourable this year, although with a rather cold, slow start to the spring, yet I suspect the great improvement came from growing these autumn… Continue reading Onion and shallot harvest