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Maybe Nasturtiums Like Torrential Rain… Seed GROW Project

Climbing Nasturtium Spitfire from Renee's Garden

My two Climbing Nasturtium Spitfire really took off in June.  This is a bit of a surprise since we had horrible rainy weather the entire month. Some say it was the worst spring EVER, but what do I know, I was in Europe (ha, ha).

One of the plants grew OVER FOUR FEET since June 3. Now that’s impressive. I’m also pretty ecstatic that they’ve started blooming. And, I’m no longer sad that I only got two seedlings out of the entire package of seeds. I figure the other seeds knew about the weather here and decided “why bother.”

But, because Renee’s Garden has such AWESOME customer service, they sent me another package of seeds with a hand-written note! I love companies with great customer service and now I love Renee’s Garden.

I’m also happy to report that we have sunshine in the forecast for the next week. I’m confident these new seeds will do great things. I’ve already planted half in various parts of the garden, including the vegetable garden and around the back patio. I didn’t clip the seeds, soak them or start them indoors. I’m trying something different and planting as nature intended – isn’t that what this project is about?

Nellie (from Renee’s Garden) mentioned in her note that Renee had a couple tips, “make sure the soil is well drained and protect from slugs and snails.”  Hmm. Maybe I kept them a little too wet when starting indoors? I have sandy loam in the garden (old riverbed) and get great drainage outside. Seems like the new seeds will do better.

Before I went out of town, I planted a couple nasturtium starts from a local nursery in neighboring pots. My Nasturtium Spitfire babies are the huge ones climbing up the chicken coop.

Climbing Nasturtium Spitfire (in chicken pot) from Renee's Garden

You can follow my progress using my Seed GROW Project tag for this site.

You can read all the participating blog posts here on the Seed GROW Project site. Like all the other participants, I’ll be posting my progress every first Sunday of the month.

“I’m growing Nasturtium “Spitfire” for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee’s Garden for the seeds.”

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow, look at them climb. Love the idea of running them up your coop. Old House Gardens also puts in personal notes–I always thought it was Just For Me (lol) because I’m in the same town as the company and know the owner… but it isn’t!


    July 7, 2010
  2. wow – it really is a spitfire! Hope you had a great trip :)


    July 7, 2010
  3. I wondered about how yours would do while you were in Europe. Glad to see that they did ok and are growing great now.


    July 8, 2010
  4. Glad they finally took off! I haphazardly poke nasturtium seeds in the ground around my beans and tomatoes and corn and then ignore them to grow up whatever they find. I think they like to be neglected. Sick puppies.


    July 10, 2010
  5. We had an incredibly wet summer in Toronto last year and my nasturtiums did incredibly well! I’ve never nicked the seeds, and don’t do much with them as they grow.


    July 11, 2010

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