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Shallots for autumn planting too

by Diane - July 12th, 2012.
Filed under: Thompson and Morgan.

Autumn plant shallots and you’ll get a great crop

Shallot ‘Springfield’ – 1 pack
Spring planting.These high yielding, shiny bronzed-skinned shallots have good bolting resistance. The reddish tinted flesh of Shallot ‘Springfield’ has a strong flavour so is ideal for pickling/stews and casseroles. Bulbs store very well. Pack size: Approx 500g, approx 15-20 sets. Height: 35cm (14”). Spread: 15cm (6”).

Shallot ‘Red Sun’ – 1 pack
Spring planting.Gaining in popularity due to its attractive red tinged skin, Shallot ‘Red Sun’ is arguably the best of the red shallots. Producing good yields of crisp, white fleshed bulbs of excellent flavour for cooking, salads or for pickling. Bulbs have long storage potential. Pack size: Approx 500g, approx 15-20 sets. Height: 35cm (14”). Spread: 15cm (6”).

Shallot ‘French Longor’ – 1kg pack
This French version of ‘Jersey Long’ has been awarded an RHS Award of garden merit for its extremely long bulbs and robust flavour. Shallots have a much sweeter flavour than onions and can be used in stews and casseroles for a more delicate taste. This variety is a particular favourite with exhibition growers, and can be stored over a long period.

Shallot ‘Camelot’ F1 Hybrid – 1 packet (60 seeds)
You’ll love this visually stunning shallot – the darkest red-skinned variety available from seed. Shallots have become increasingly popular for their culinary uses as they have such a distinctive flavour, offering an interesting alternative to onions. Each seed produces an individual small, whitefleshed bulb which stores extremely well for use throughout late autumn and winter.

Shallot ‘Banana’ – 1 packet (200 seeds)
Long, banana-shaped shallots from seed, as used by many celebrity chefs. Banana Shallot produces attractive, shiny, copper brown-skinned bulbs with crisp white flesh and a very distinct flavour. Sowing densities will determine the size of bulbs you harvest. Stores well for winter use in the kitchen.

Brimstone Rapide – 1 x 600g pack
Dramatically reduces and inhibits common scab, such an unsightly blemish on potato skins. Contains 90% elemental sulphur and 10% clay as a binding agent. Completely safe not harmful to people, plants or animals. Since the Clean Air Acts, sulphur deposition from atmospheric pollution has fallen dramatically. Sulphur is essential for plant growth.When applying Brimstone, the soil oxidizes to form a weak sulphuric acid which provides a seasonal lowering of soil pH and a controlled release of the nutrient sulphate. Apply a continuous band of Brimstone along the potato ridge after planting, 15g/metre (½oz/yard). A 600g pack will treat 40 metres of row and the soil will remain acidified until autumn.Also excellent for onions and shallots, and ericaceous plants.