Planting Alliums: Onions & Shallots Before planting, gardeners gently turn the soil. Tilling breaks up the soil structure and cuts up the worms who live here and add nutrients to the soil. Using this deep-spader (or maybe a broadfork) preserves soil structure while aerating and fluffing the soil so the onions will grow happily. Once the bed is ready for planting, we bring compost from the garden waste windrow. Previous seasons’ weeds, husks, and plant stalks are this year’s nutrition-rich earth. Gardeners dig furrows deep enough for the onions as they grow and lay each seedling along the furrow. This row has Conservator Shallots. All our allium seedlings were grown by Ananda Gardens. Several gardeners doing the work lightens the load and is so much fun. Gardeners plant yellow and red onion seedlings from Ananda Gardens. Another row of red and yellow onions. Delicious! The last step of planting is always watering.