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I’ve Got NEW Spitfire Nasturtiums: Seed GROW Project

If you’re following my journey growing Spitfire Nasturtiums from seed, you may remember I planted the new seeds I got from Renee’s Garden about a month ago. I’m happy to report the new seedlings are already between 1 and 4 inches tall!  Which means, sowing the seeds directly in the garden once the soil hits 60 degrees fahrenheit works best for me.

Here are my new seedlings I’ve got scattered around the garden:

Planted in raised veggie bed next to green beans with drip irrigation

Planted in raised bed, drip irrigation & full sun.

Planted in full sun with little water along fence

Planted in a pot in full hot sun with bigger Nasturtium Spitfire plants.

Speaking of my bigger Nasturtium Spitfire plants, they’re still growing tall and blooming. We’ve had a bit of a black aphid outbreak that seems to be doing little damage. Since we don’t use chemicals and the plants are growing on the chicken coop, I’ve been spraying them with the hose and smashing them. This seems to be keeping the numbers down.

Growing Nasturtium Spitfire up the chicken coop - now four months old

I was hoping the coop would be covered with the little orange flowers and sweet little leaves by now. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re planted in pots (and they dry out a little) or if they’re supposed to grow tall and a little leggy. I guess I’ll find out when my new seedlings get bigger – hopefully they have a chance to shine before the cold fall weather sets in.  Stay tuned!

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.”

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Do your chickens show any interest in eating the flowers? Have you tried giving some to them? I’m just curious as they are edible and Licorice seems to have a healthy appetite. (I like her!)


    August 1, 2010
    • Licorice is the best chicken ever! The flower blossoms are out of reach for the chickens – thank goodness. I gave Licorice one of the flowers to see if she’d eat it. She pulled off and ate two of the petals. Then got bored and moved on.


      August 2, 2010
  2. They’re suppose to get a little tall and leggy in order to get them to climb/twine around plants. I think for the effect you were going for you’d need to plant a bunch of seeds in a spot. Maybe even in the ground. Save the seeds and you can do a HUGE planting next year that will get you that looks you’re after.


    August 2, 2010
  3. That would be really pretty to have a wall of them on your chicken coop. Hopefully I will have chickens someday, we are talking to the city council on it this week. Your nasturtiums look so lush and nice.


    August 3, 2010

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