Planting Shallots in So. N. H./Northern mass? Zone 5

pepbob1(zone5, nh)July 12, 2007

Howdy, when is the proper time to plant shallots in southern New Hampshire- Northern Massachusetts, zone 5 ? Ive looked back in previous threads but i dont think i found an definitive answer for my location. I saw some at H D this spring and bought some and planted them, not knowing otherwise. They are doing great, all sprouted and grew, and continue to flourish! Would it be inadvisable to plant shallots again in the same planting bed if i had grown shallots and garlic in the same bed this past season? I think i read somewhere to harvest the shallots when ALL of the leaves had turned brown, Yes? No? What is your favorite mail order source for Shallots bulbs? Any favorite variety for Zone 5, especially in my area?

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daria(Z5A ME)

I plant mine in the spring - I'm in central Maine. I've ordered seed shallots from Johnny's Seeds and Fedco Seeds with good results from either. I believe I have only planted the Red Sun shallot variety.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2007 at 11:44AM
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pepbob1(zone5, nh)

Thanks Daria, i was thinking i should plant in the spring also...I just wanted to hear from someone in this "neck of the woods" as to when they planted their shallots, thanks for the tips on suppliers also!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2007 at 3:46PM
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daria(Z5A ME)

You're welcome! My shallots are actually just about ready to harvest already; the greens have bent over. It looks like they did pretty well, too; each bulb I planted has 5-6 good sized daughters. It's amazing how much money you save vs buying them at the grocery store when you grow them.

I might try planting a couple when I plant my garlic in October this year and see if they survive the winter.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2007 at 1:38PM
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pepbob1(zone5, nh)

Hi Daria, what varieties of garlic do you sually plant? I planted a small amount of "Spanish Roja" last fall for the first time, it didnt get as large as i thought it might but it did "ok." this fall i will plant it in an area that gets more sun, and i will amend the soil more with compost/organic material. i was also confused as to watering,fertilizing etc etc etc also for this area, i found a lot of good info about that stuff on the G & H Garlic site, they are located in Littleton, NH. I will also be planting other varieties besides the "Spanis Roja" next fall, fresh garlic is starting to show up at local farmers markets, so i'll probably use some of that for seed this fall also.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 9:32AM
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daria(Z5A ME)

Hi Pepbob (or maybe just Bob),

Last year I just grew New York White, but this year I added German Extra Hardy and Russian Red hardnecks (hardnecks send up scapes in late June, which have to be trimmed so the proper energy goes into the garlic bulb, and they are yummy). Last year's was OK - not quite as big as the grocery store. I amended my soil better this year and hope for better size. I think I ordered the hardnecks from Fedco and the softneck white from Johnny's this past year - both companies are near me in central Maine and very good with local varieties.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2007 at 1:11PM
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pepbob1(zone5, nh)

Hi Daria, i plan on ordering about 15 pounds of different varieties of garlic from a farm in Minnesota this summer also i will be getting some form a farm in Massachusetts, and ive seen garlic showing up at local farmwers markets also this summer so i will try and get some of their garlic to plant also.. i will end up with 20 or so varieties, just for fun, The funny thing is iam not a "big" garlic lover as some people are, but i think iam hooked on growing it! Thanks youve been a big help, if you think of anything else i "need" to know, shoot me an e mail! Bob

    Bookmark   July 24, 2007 at 2:38PM
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