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Germinating Nasturtium Seeds for GROW Project

My failed attempt at germinating the seeds

As I mentioned in an earlier post (you can click here to read it), I’m participating in the Seed GROW Project and growing Nasturtium “Spitfire” along with other garden bloggers across the country.

Today I’m going to share what I’m doing to get the Nasturtium “Spitfire” seeds from Renee’s Garden to germinate.  So far I haven’t been super successful with indoor germination. I typically germinate directly in the garden so starting seeds indoors is new for me.

I started my first seeds on March 13 with my tomatoes.  I followed the directions on the back of the seed pack and in addition placed on our heat mat with heat lamp over head. As you can see in the picture on the right – nothing germinated.  Because I was curious, I dug up the seeds to see if they even attempted to germinate and they didn’t. I wonder what I did wrong…

Recently I’ve read some tips on twitter that I’m trying with my new batch:

  1. I’ve scored some of the seeds with a knife
  2. I’m soaking the seeds between two damp paper towels to soften (similar to what we do with pea seeds)
  3. Some seeds I scored and set between damp paper towels

My "Red" Chicken Coop Garden

Later today, I’m going to pot some of the “softened” seeds inside and plant some in the chick coop pots I just got.  I’ll mix it up a little to see what plants do best. Eventually I’ll figure out what works best for me.  I’m really looking forward to see what others did to get their seeds to germinate.

You can read all the 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.”

Ordering from Annie’s Annuals & Perennials

 I realized today that I hadn’t posted about my WONDERFUL experience with Annie’s Annuals & Perennials.  In late January they had a one-day special so I decided to see if they had any plants I couldn’t live without (I found quite a few).  Not only do they have a unique/vast selection but they also have a “Wish List” so you can get an e-mail when out of stock plants become available.  

If you don’t have their catalog or haven’t ordered from Annie’s Annuals & Perennials, you are missing out.  I don’t think I can explain it better than the bio on their site:

“Specializing in rare and unusual annual & perennial plants, including cottage garden heirlooms & hard to find California native wildflowers.”

My Annie’s Annuals & Perennials order:

They even let me request a delayed shipping date so the ground would be ready for planting. I got my order last week and was pleasantly surprised by the packaging and the condition of the plants. The soil/roots for each plant was wrapped in moist paper, plastic and then set in a plastic pot.  The pots were then placed in a cardboard spacer in the shipping box.  

I would order from Annie’s again in a heartbeat.  In my opinion, the quality of plants I received is worth paying for shipping every time.  Thanks Annie’s!

What’s Blooming March 15







Variegated Arabis

Daphne 'Summer Ice'

I have no idea...

Bleeding Heart


Saucer Magnolia

White Hyacinth

Purple Hyacinth

Grape Hyacinth

Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day takes place on the 15th of every month and all started with May Dreams Gardens.

Little Visitors – Wordless Wednesday

A solo purple Crocus

Innocent white Crocus

Sweet little purple & white Crocus

What’s Blooming February 15

I actually have BLOOMS!! They were being shy but I managed to snap a couple photos.


Iberis Sempervirens (Candytuft)

Helleborus niger

Helleborus (supposed to be Blue Lady)

Helleborus x hybridus `WD Elegance White’


Galanthus (Snowdrops)

Euphorbia (Spurge)

New glass balls from Glass Gardens NW

Amaryllis Second Bloom

 Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day takes place on the 15th of every month and all started with May Dreams Gardens.