What Ripening Shallots Look Like

The shallots are almost done. Their long, slender leaves are starting to lie down.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
If I shall die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take.

Their bulbs are firming, and I’m already picking them to eat. The great thing about growing your own produce is that you can eat it at all stages of life. Shallots are such amazing plants. Put one bulb in the garden, and three to six months later gather five or six. You can’t do that with your money in a bank. Not only that, along the way, they fill your garden with great beauty. Periodically, you can snip their leaves to use in salads or sauces. Even when they fall down and dry out as they ripen, they retain their beauty.

Nature is not stingy. It will take one bulb or one seed and in a short time reward you with tens, hundreds, thousands or more.


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