Vegetable garden: growing shallot

Plant shallot sets 25cm apart in rows 40cm apart from mid-November to mid-March. Gently push them into soft, well-worked soil so that the tip is just showing and firm the soil around them. In winter, it is best to mulch the bulb to protect it from frost and allow normal growth during this period.  Flowering takes place between July and August.

Excess dampness may cause diseases such as bulb rot (when the soil is very damp) or mildew (a fungus that causes the appearance of brown spots on the leaves). Subsequently these diseases cause a slower growth of the plant, which can even lead to the death of the latter. Shallot is a vegetable but also a bulb.