I finally have sown all the flower seed. I am engaged in census these days I really have less time do do my gardening work. But, as I am almost done with my area, I got a day off to clear my mind off of all these names and numbers.
I love Aquilegias and sow every year some new varieties of them. This year's choice are: 'Sweet rainbows', 'Sunshine' and low growing Aquilegia pulmilla. I also have sown Helenium 'Autumn Lollipop', ornamental cabbage mix, Phlomis tuberosa and Calendula 'Greenhouse Orange'.
compost box made out of wire mesh
The rest of the afternoon I spent sifting compost, turning the compost piles and making the compost box of wire mesh. As the rain was announced for the night, I left the pile uncovered to get some moisture. I really have lots of composting materials and need to make some more compost boxes.
It is also time to make sting nettle fertilizer. I also use young nettles for food and prepare it just the same way as spinach. Nettles are rich in iron just like spinach, but iron in spinach is in a form that our body metabolism finds hard to absorb. So, I prefer sting nettles to spinach! Here, there is the recipe:
Sting Nettle Sauce
500 g young sting nettle leaves (stems are too hard)
4 dl milk
Wash the nettles leaves and pit it into boiling water to cook. When smooth, drain and chop on the wooden board into small pieces. Put some olive oil into a pot, add two to three spoons of flour and fry it for a couple of minutes mixing constantly. Be careful not to burn the flour! Then add chopped garlic, pour slowly the milk, add nettles, salt and pepper. Cook for a while until thick. To finish, mix in two spoons of sour cream. Serve with cooked potatoes and fried egg (sunny side up). Bon appetite!
I still cannot forget the tomato seedlings fiasco. Mea culpa! I should probably put the pots on some more safe place and away from cats!