Six on Saturday: 7 November 2020

Yesterday was a dry day, misty first thing, bright sunshine later on. It gave me the chance to get outside and brush the leaves from my patio. Now they’re in a black plastic dustbin until they wilt a little. There will be plenty more to come. I also planted the last of my onion delivery (Radar) – 14 in a trough and 12 in a pot. There are 32 to go to my brother as soon as Welsh lockdown ends. Unfortunately, I had to throw 7 away as they were mouldy and soft. I think they were packed in a hurry and may have been damp.

This morning was a misty one, but dry again and brightening up now. It gave me the chance to tidy and lightly trim the front border, throw next-door’s mouldy apples back over the wall, and drain two water butts, before emptying compost from six large pots (used for tomatoes) into my compost bins. This meant I could move the table and chairs back to its usual spot in front of the potting shed.

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The last of the strawflowers are still waiting for me to find them a home. I think I need to invest in some florists’ wire and tape to do them justice (and give them longer ‘stems’). I’ll definitely try growing these again.

With no room in the onion bed at the allotment, I’ve planted my shallots at home. There are only 10. I’ve never grown shallots before so, given the size of the sets, I did wonder if it was even worth planting them – but it appears they produce multiple bulbs from one set – between 4 and 12, though I’m not expecting that many. Now I wonder if I’ve planted them too close together.

In case you’re wondering, the mini terracotta plantpots (an online sizing error – don’t ask) are protecting the onion ‘noses’ from nibbling slugs.

After growing these rosemary plants from cuttings, intending to use them in the allotment bed (but now realising the larger cages leave no gaps between them), I’ve planted six each into these troughs. I am hopeful that as they grow – and I trim their tops – they will thicken out and fill the troughs, like mini-hedges, though Number 2 trough is looking well-dodgy! But I have spares.

Similarly, I’ve put three hebe ‘Champagne Ice’ into each of these pots to grow on. I’ve hidden them on the small, shady patio under the kitchen window; I’m hopeful that they’ll flower next year.

These are the two surviving bay tree cuttings I took last year before we dug out the original bay tree to make way for the Tiny Greenhouse. Behind them are more hebe ‘Champagne Ice’ cuttings.

What a difference a year makes. November 2019 and November 2020.

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15 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 7 November 2020

  1. I grew shallots a few times but we used them so little that I never bother any more. Good to try them though.

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    1. LOL Waste not, want not! I grow an onion, more a scallion or spring onion, which we call Welsh Onions. They never develop/swell a big “bulb” but instead they split and split so that one will become up to ten in a season if left alone. I usually lift a clump, take off the number I need and then replant the remainder and I go along clump by clump in that fashion as I need them – for salads. Have you ever come across them?

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  2. Your strawflowers look lovely. Easy to grow? Re shallots, I tried them for the first time this year. They do produce lots of offsets and do need a fair bit of space to develop. I would say yours may been a bit tightly packed. Mine were invaded by Borage in the veg patch, and as a result the bulbs were quite small. BUT delicious and they store so well, I still have loads in a basket in my kitchen. Nice idea re the rosemary, I also took cuttings this year without really knowing why, so I might copy you.

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  3. Mmm… I should try bay tree cuttings. I am constantly cutting mine down to form a hedge as it is planted right next to a contorted hazel. I wonder if I could grow a couple of standards in pots? I might give this a go next year. And you have reminded me that I was going to order some new Hebe for the courtyard.

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