It’s absolutely stunning out, so today my hubby and I spent the afternoon outside. He read Wired and I gardened. It was so nice to have company while I tidied up my beloved patio garden and put out some new seeds.
Thanks to my grandmother’s suggestion that marigolds are easy to collect seeds from, I was able to save a ton of seeds for next spring. I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me before, but I am grateful for the tip. A couple days later and I would have missed out, since I threw away the marigold plants today. Isn’t it nice when things work out like that?
Aside from the marigolds, I was able to figure out how to collect the seeds from some of the lettuce that I planted this year that unfortunately bolted before I got around to eating it. If I’m correct, bolting means that the lettuce very quickly goes from looking like a head of lettuce to a tall skyward green plant that tastes much more bitter. I was also able to gather seeds from a purple flower that I planted that I loved, but can’t remember the name of.
I now need to dry the seeds out thoroughly so that they don’t grow mold instead of plants, and I will be keeping my fingers crossed that they weren’t genetically engineered varieties that have rendered the seeds useless. I think that is my biggest beef with genetic modification. I understand that they are protecting their patents, but I find it so sad that so many plants that you buy nowadays can’t reproduce. This is why I love places like Victory Seeds so much. I get a bit uncomfortable with humans playing god with mother nature, and am much more comfortable with using tried and true varieties. Unfortunately, since I moved in May, I had to buy seedlings instead of just the seeds this summer.
Today, I planted kohle rabe, turnips, and two varieties of leeks. I think that it may be a bit late for all of them, but since I can bring them in, I’m hoping that they will turn out all right. Leeks are especially great because you don’t need to bring them in at all, they will last all winter outside. You can just go out and dig them up for dinner in the middle of February.