My complete guide of how I grow shallots from sets to harvest.
March: When the sets arrive place them out in front of you. Inspect them and gently press the bulbs to make sure they are firm. Remove any loose outer skins.
March: Plant in the open ground during March/April. If your ground is soft, like mine, you can gently press them into the soil until the tops are just visible. If your ground is hard, use a hand fork to loose the area first. Check the plants every few days as birds like to remove the sets and leave them sitting on the soil.
March: Once planted I scatter a few handfuls of onion fertiliser over the area, mixing into the top few inches of soil. Keep the area watered and weed-free during the season.
July: Harvest once the green tops have started to die back and fallen over.
July: Only harvest after a few days of sunshine, this helps dry the bulbs out and they will last longer once stored. If the weather has been damp and wet, I keep mine in the greenhouse for a few days to let them dry out.