I’ve got mostly photos to share today. These are mostly the spitfire nasturtiums for the GROW project update. I’d like to call attention to a couple of comparisons. This first photo was taken May 28th.
The next is the same location June 5th. That’s quite a bit of growth in only a week.
This next comparison may be trickier to see. This is the middle of my vegetable garden, with the southwest corner of the trellis. Here the nasturtiums are mingling with garlic chives, which are right next to chocolate mint.
And here are the nasturtiums at the south-east corner of the trellis, just under four feet away. These plants are the most bug-chewed of all the nasturtiums I planted. The likely culprits are slugs, though I’ve seen very few signs of them this year, and earwigs. The divider separates two beds, each 4′ x 10′. In the northern bed, I’m growing several varieties of beans. In the southern bed, I had cucumbers, which were completely devoured as they sprouted. I can’t help but wonder if this is companion planting at work. Are the garlic chives and mint repelling the nasty bugs? I have a pot full of garlic chives seedlings. I think I’ll plant them throughout the cucumber bed while the new batch of cucumbers is getting started in peat pots.
Nasturtiums seem to thrive crowded into a grouping of soda bottle planters, amidst astilbe, wild blackberries, and weeds.
I have two hanging baskets with nasturtiums, hanging on the cross beams of the trellis in the vegetable garden.
I’ve heard that nasturtiums do well in less fertile soil. This next spot has what my garden guru refers to as ‘dumb dirt’, basically dirt without amendments. The nasturtiums here look pretty happy, even happier than some in more in the much more fertile vegetable beds. I planted sweet peas also, but they sprouted and then just never grew more than an inch in the ‘dumb dirt’. This spot also gets the most sun and is the driest in my garden.
Here, I have nasturtiums growing in the mostly shady paisley bed, with sweet peas and morning glories. This is also a fairly dry spot, but all of the seedlings are growing well. The shade seems to help.
Until next month…