Shallots are easy to grow so I think it it is worth finding the space to grow your own. There are different varieties of shallots available to buy as sets but the method of growing them is the same.
Unlike onion sets where each 'little onion' just grows into one large onion, each single shallot 'bulb' splits to produce several shallots in a clump that develops into (aprox 5-10) shallots grow from the the single shallot 'bulb'.
To grow your own shallots.
Plant the shallot sets in March or early April.
You need to keep the area the shallots are growing free from weeds through out the time they are growing.
- On the prepared soil place the sets ('bulbs') the correct distance apart according to the pack instructions.
- Now firm the soil around them and leave just the tips of them showing.
- If the weather is very dry water the area but other then that just keep the area weeded.
- When the leaves of the shallots start to go yellowy (usually in July) and then they collapse you will know the crop is maturing.
Leave the shallots to dry after harvesting, and then separate them and tidy them up by removing the straggly loose skin and roots.
Now you have a crop of home grown shallots to use for your cooking. Keep the shallots stored in a cool dry place until you use them.