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Post  clydetheguide on 11/6/2011, 4:32 pm

My Territorial Seed garden planner suggests planting shallots at 16/sqft. Most other sources recommend 6" spacing = 4/sqft. Quite a bit of difference. Thoughts?

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Post  camprn on 11/6/2011, 5:18 pm

I did 5 per sq. ft like 5 dots on a die, then one on the line, then five in the next sq. ft. and so on. I got good growth and nice bulbs with that spacing. Very Happy

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Post  Lavender Debs on 11/6/2011, 5:24 pm

The shallots bulbs (cloves??) I just put in went 5 to a square. When I transplanted babies from seed it was more like 16 per square and they grew just fine.
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Post  Wag on 11/6/2011, 9:13 pm

Is shallots and green onions the same?

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Post  Lavender Debs on 11/7/2011, 8:09 am

Hi Wag. This is an easy mistake; most of us have made it at sometime. Scallions (green onions) and shallots are different. Shallots are grown for their sweet bulb. The bulb grows in a bundle rather like elephant garlic but has a sweet onion-garlic flavor. A shallot is a pencil size immature onion. The bulb on a scallion (green onion) is not the useful part, instead the white and often the light green part of the stem is sliced up for consumption. Generally a scallion is quite hot, less subtle in food it is added to.

At my house, shallots are used for longer, slow cooking. Scallions for quicker cooking like omelets, or raw in salads.

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Post  Wag on 11/7/2011, 9:22 am

Thanks for the info --- I'm new to all this garden stuff. All I planted in the pass was tomatoes and cucumbers. I plan to expand with new varities in my new SFG next spring. Getting ready to build my boxes. Thanks agian and all the forum info I'm getting from y'all.

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Post  Kelejan on 11/7/2011, 2:41 pm

clydetheguide. We all like to learn along with each other.
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