Six on Saturday: 15 August 2020

Today is the penultimate day of National Allotments Week 2020. If you already grow your own food, or have recently started, you might be interested in contributing to MYHarvestresearch currently being carried out by the University of Sheffield. Whether you have a single pot or a large plot, all information will be useful, I’m sure.

Something old, something new.

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Back in March, we had blue tits nesting in our 30-year-old bird box. The male spent ages pecking away at the entrance. We’d take a break from one of our numerous outdoor lockdown projects to have a coffee outside and hear tap tap, tap tap. Then the pair began flying in with grass and other nesting materials.

By mid-April she was spending most of her time inside and he was bringing grubs. Then they disappeared. I left the nest box in position until August 1st. When I removed it, the roof fell off. I expected to see a nest, maybe even dead chicks, but there was nothing,

We found this one in Home Bargains for £2.99. Perhaps it will suit next year’s blue-tits better than the old one. We also have a robin box in my potting shed but – as far as we know no robins have taken up residence.


This is a mountain ash sapling. It had seeded in the front border, courtesy of some passing bird last winter. So I dug it up and put it in this pot. If it survives the winter, I’ll take to the Community Garden next year and plant it in the boundary fence.

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These crocosmia have been in pots for years. Another migrant from my mum’s garden back in the early 1990s, I got fed up of them (too orange) and dug them out – along with hundreds of corms. But they do brighten up a dull patio and insects love them so I’ll keep them.

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I took fuchsia cutting last autumn and rooted them be simply leaving them in a bucket of water throughout winter. I planned to take them to the Community Garden to reinforce the fence we’d built, but with lockdown I put them at the back of both raised beds and left them to sink or swim. So far they are at the doggy-paddle stage, and it doesn’t seem to bother them that the only sun they get is late afternoon.

They’ll be moved next year, especially because I will be digging out Raised Bed A (left), to remove any lingering builders’ rubble from 2018.

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And yet more plants that should have gone to my allotment bed this year. These are the cuttings I took in 2019 which will form the rosemary and lavender mini hedge to divide the bed into three areas.

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These are the flower heads I cut off my onions (that I thought were leeks) about six weeks ago. I’ve kept them in this bucket of water ever since and they are still attracting bees of all types, hoverflies and wasps.

20200808 (201)So those are my six things in the garden on Saturday. To see more or take part, pop along to The Propagator’s plot and see what’s on offer today.

9 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 15 August 2020

  1. It was interesting to read about the nesting box and the little birds. Hopefully they will return to the new nesting box, and it will take their fancy. Your cuttings do look great displayed in the blue box. It is a good idea! Another good idea is putting the crocosmia in pots…..I might try that too!

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  2. Fuchsia cuttings will root in water? Gosh, that’s great news!
    I think I’ll follow your lead by growing the Crocosomia in pots. I do like to be able to move stuff around to wherever there’s a bare patch.

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    1. To be strictly truthful, I cut some stems that were still flowering, put them in a full bucket of rainwater so that insects could still enjoy the flowers, then about them. 😀 The crosocmia definitely thrives on neglect. Been in those half-pots for between six and ten years.


    2. They are pretty reliable for rooting too. Most cuttings only about a third root whereas those I have very good success rates. I keep getting offered divided crocosmia but just don’t think they’d go with anything in the border currently.

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    3. That’s why I dug them out originally (my border being pinks, whites and purples at the time) but now I have pot marigolds in all shades from pale yellow to deep orange, they would fit right in. I might move the pots into the border where they will be hidden by other foliage but the flowers will still show.

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