Seed GROW Project #3

Pride season has started here in DC, which means I'm in the final planning stages for Pride Green committee stuff. That's my way of saying "whoa, busy."

So, although I have seen how wonderfully the "Spitfire" nasturtium from Renee's Garden are doing in the window planter at Mr. Yogato, I don't have a picture more recent than 14 May, shortly after the seeds germinated (left). There are about a dozen little plants next to corn and hollyhocks that are growing alright, but not amazingly. I think the nasturtium will do better, because the window planter doesn't get much water when it rains--I have to water it manually, and let me tell you, that doesn't happen as often as it needs to!

Well, at least, not at Mr. Yogato and my community garden. It happens at just about the right frequency at work, and way too much in my living room. The fungus gnats are ridicucrazy, but then, so are the spider mites. But, the "Spitfire" in my window (although the old leaves yellow and fall off with alarming speed) hasn't had spider mites yet. That's what got my nasturtium last year, so I consider this to be a success, so far. The leaf size is much smaller than that of the nasturtium at Mr. Yogato--in my window, they're about an inch across. At Mr. Yogato, they're about an inch and a half, two inches across. They get a lot more late-afternoon sun at Mr. Yogato, whereas my apartment gets morning and early-afternoon sun.

Neither has flowered, but there's time, yet!

I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee's Garden for the seeds.

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7 Responses to Seed GROW Project #3

  1. We need a picture of the Mr. Yogato garden to compare it with the end of summer! Good luck with those mites and gnats, that's always a hard battle when you grow a lot indoors. p.s. my ground cherry you sent has ground cherries on it!

  2. Wicked!!! I am so excited you are going to get ground cherries. My litchi tomato seeds never germinated, and I sold off all of my ground cherry seedlings. Sigh.

    I will definitely have pictures to compare at the end of the summer! I imagine them either growing up the corn or trailing out of the concrete planters. I'm certain they will be lovely! Although the spearmint might choke them out... Just a bit...

  3. I'm happy to hear that someone else has noticed the older leaves yellowing and falling off -- was starting to wonder if that was just me!

  4. I love the cotyledon leaves, they are so sweet. The yellowing of old leaves is perfectly normal for nasties!

  5. I was wondering about the yellowing older leaves too - good to know it's normal. (thanks Monica!)

  6. I've never thought of growing them indoors. Thanks for the idea.

  7. I hope there's "time yet" for mine to do something. I'm not very impressed with their growth habit so far.


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