Last night it was so balmy, all the windows upstairs were open to let as much of a cool breeze through the house as possible. It did occur to me that this might lead to a little accident – but then I completely forgot, to the point that I went out this morning (in a rush to get to climbing) and then again this evening to drop various children off without a thought to the still open windows…..
Back home again, I realised something was amiss. A number of pots had fallen over on the windowsill and I was sure there was a space where there shouldn’t have been. Ah ha! It was a pot of cayenne peppers which had fallen out and upended under the kitchen window.
Fortunately, the seedlings seemed unharmed by the parachuteless descent and it did galvanise me into action. The cayenne peppers come from seeds I had saved after getting some cayenne peppers as a freebie at Tatton Park flower show this time last year. I’d never got any further than putting them in a lidless pot on top of the microwave, so I was very surprised that they germinated. However, I have now got seven little plants, some of which had already been potted on and seem to be doing very nicely. No flowers yet but it is early days.
Having started on a gardening spree, I put the cosmos I bought on Friday in the garden and then proceeded to rehome some of the leeks I also acquired that day.
Now, I have read that leeks can be grown in containers. But I don’t think they have been put deep enough into the compost or that there should be five on them in the pot. Oh well, it is an experiment and there are still plenty more leeks which need to be found a home somewhere in the garden. Tomorrow, tomorrow!
© Helen Butt, July 2014