I have just placed an order for autumn planting garlic, onions and shallots. I've never grown shallots before.
The garlic is hardneck Carcassonne Wight which I can plant straight away from September and crops from May. Also I bought softneck Garlic Provence Wight. I will plant these garlic cloves from September onwards too. Apparently once lifted, will keep until January so I look forward to that.
RHS describes the difference between hardneck and softneck varieties.
- Flower stalks appear readily
- Fewer, larger cloves covered with a looser tunic are produced
- It is considered to have stronger and more interesting flavour
- It is best gathered when the foliage has changed colour
- It stores only until mid-winter
Softneck garlic (Allium sativum) generally produces smaller, more tightly-packet cloves;
- Does not produce flower stalks unless stressed
- It is best harvested when the foliage starts going over
- It has better storage qualities than hardneck varieties
- If autumn planted it will keep until mid- to late-winter
- If planted in early spring softneck varieties it can be stored until mid-spring
Finally the shallots are: golden gourmet which are 20 bulbs. I've never grown them before so any tips welcome.
We had a really cold snap the other night which saw the outside temp drop to 3.5c which was a shock. This weekend I'll bring in the plants that don't tolerate cold well including the lemon tree, cape gooseberry and the young fig tree just as it's in a pot. The horses had their rain sheets on as we've had lots of wet weather and foggy mornings are making an appearance again.