My rice is perfect. There are people out there who cannot cook rice without a rice cooker. And yet, cooking rice is probably one of the easiest things you can do in the kitchen. Now, let's say I am one of those people who cannot cook rice in a pot. I attempt and fail repeatedly. Then one day I do something right, though I don't know what, and my rice comes out perfectly. Instead of fluffing my rice with a fork, I hop onto my smart phone and immediately announce to the world that I made, oh my god, the most perfect rice. Rice, however, is not status update worthy, and the crummy camera phone pictures you take of your half-eaten meal are not worthy of an entire album. Who am I to make these rules? I am nobody. I am only talking about my preferences. I prefer not to see ten million pictures of eggs and toast in bad, yellow light. I suppose I should stop ranting before I alienate all of facebook. Please forgive me; I am only taking the piss.
Plant your shallots in the fall, anytime before the ground freezes. Plant them as you would tulip bulbs. When you finish planting them, it's not a bad idea to spread some compost. Compost, my friends, is one of those words that the cyber-brain corporate powers have not yet found a way to turn into a cute, marketable catch-phrase. It's one of many things in the garden that has not one bell or whistle, not one application or snazzy feature. Actually, compost is all application. I take that back. Grow it and apply it liberally to your garden, and do so with your smart phone inside your house, tucked into your sock drawer or left behind the toilet.