Shallots: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Shallots blog post
Shallots can be used in almost all of your meals! Shallots are very similar to onions and add a flavor similar to green onions to your recipes. They are slightly smaller and tend to have more flavor than onions.

How to Grow:

Shallots are planted 8-12 weeks before your last spring frost and 4 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Shallots are planted 1/2 inch deep, 16 per square foot, in full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Shallot seeds will germinate in approximately 5-7 days. Provide consistent moisture, but stop watering when tops fall over.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these.

Acorn SquashMarigoldsAsparagus
ArugulaMarjoramBeans (bush & pole)
Banana PeppersNasturtiumsEggplant
Bell PeppersPotatoesOnions
Brussel SproutsRhubarbSage
Butternut SquashSpaghetti SquashSouthern Peas (Black-Eyed Peas)
CelerySummer Savory 
ChamomileSummer Squash (Zucchini) 
CucumbersSweet Peppers 
DillSwiss Chard 
Hot PeppersTarragon 
KohlrabiTomatoes (bush & vine) 

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common ones for shallots:

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Shallots are ready to harvest within 90-120 days.  Shallots will be ready to harvest when the tops wilt and turn brown. Simply dig them up and let shallots cure on a wire rack for up to a month out of the sun to dry out.

Cooking & Eating!

Shallots are prepared just like onions and garlic. Add these to countless recipes to add a great flavor! Use the green tops as well to add a little extra flavor to mashed potatoes, soups, eggs, nachos, and much more! Store shallots in a dark, cook place for up to a month or in the refrigerator for a couple weeks.


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