What a week!
Apologies for the long gap between posts. King of the Hill and I both took the week off work for a last push on the house, culminating in the fitting of carpets through half the house. It has been a long and hard week, but at the end of it our house is finally becoming a home. The computer was decommissioned for most of the week, and indeed there was very little time for the garden or writing about it. But we did find the opportunity for some work outside.
In the greenhouse, I collected the drooping flowerheads from the mixed French marigolds (tagetes) which are still blooming happily away. Once the petals are dry the heads hang towards the ground, ready to fire their arrow-like seeds into the earth.
Back in the house, I cleaned the seeds from the gathered flowers: gently pulling the dried petals from each capsule to draw out the long thin seeds, then discarding the petals themselves. These plants are prolific seed-bearers! From the dozen or so surviving plants in the greenhouse, I must have collected thousands of seeds, and these were only a fraction of those available.
I’m not quite sure what I shall do with so many seeds – a dozen or so plants will more than meet our needs next year as companion plants for the greenhouse tomatoes. Does anybody need any mixed tagetes seeds for next year?
I also potted on the spring cabbage seedlings that I sowed a few weeks ago in modules in the greenhouse.
These are a combination of Durham Early and Spring Hero cabbages, and shall go into the ground in the next few weeks to overwinter, once we have some space. The calendula seedlings that I sowed at the same time were ready for potting on too.
Outside, we made a start at painting the house to protect it from the winter weather to come, and started to clear some of the debris of building with the help of a skip. The last of the sweetcorn was harvested and in their place we kept a small bonfire burning for a couple of days with waste bits of wood and cardboard that were unfit for the woodstoves.
We’ll be back to work this week, and usual blogging should resume while the remaining work on the house can continue now at a more leisurely pace. I hope that everyone else had a great week – I look forward to catching up with my reading in the next few days!