As the last of the summer flowers show their stuff, we find there’s not enough time in a day to get to (or capture) all of the goings on that preoccupy us these days. A friend once told us that “the last twenty percent of your house will take fifty percent of the time to complete.” He was right. With our Douglas-fir flooring now firmly in place, things seem close to being finished. “Seem,” is the word of the day, however, since there is still electrical and plumbing to finish, along with kitchen cabinets, which arrive next week. (Oh for a dose of patience.)
To get ready for all of that, sanding those floors is the work of the day, along with tending to garden and chickens when time allows. Here’s a little bit of what we’ve learned of late, in case you find it useful too:
: Zinnias and sunflowers make great September bouquets. These mixes (California Giants and Sunflower Tall Blend) have given us blooms all summer long. The purple coneflower from Botanus performed beautifully in its first year, with many more to come from this popular perennial.
: Laying Douglas-fir, tongue-and-groove flooring is a many-step process. From milling boards on-site, to sending them away for shaping, planing, and drying (to installing them back at home), it’s not something you can rush. Having extra sets of ear protectors for those little helpers is also a good idea.
: Moving the chicken house and run every few weeks is optimal if at all possible. Electro-mesh fencing is a fantastic invention if you remember to turn it on.
: A late crop of Blue Lake pole beans will thrive if planted in July here on the coast and the weather is right. Luckily this year the weather was right. Planting bush beans is even better because they require less days to mature.
: The garlic harvest is best celebrated with ample doses of pesto and slow-cooker squash soup. One can apparently never have too much garlic.
What lessons do you have to share?