Remember that gardening geek spreadsheet? Well, it was right!
Seed: Nasturtium (from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange), jewel mix colors – edible
Plant date: March 1st
Blossom date: 30-40 days, mid- to late-April
And since so many of you were interested in getting a peek at it, here you go. Prepare to be mesmerized!
What? Oh, you’re not mesmerized? It’s okay.
Anyway, these things, these nasturtium plants and their leaves, have nearly taken over the center of my second raised garden bed. My poor celosias were getting crowded out and had to be moved; I know at least one of them is doing well while the other is still barely hanging on. The verbena was dying (not getting enough sunshine?), so that was moved, as well. The sweet pea seedlings are growing like they’ve been given hormones and steroids (seriously, I wasn’t prepared and ended up creating a makeshift trellis out of broken tree branches) but one thing at a time – because right now, right on schedule, the nasturtium is blooming!
We’re in the second week now and more blooms are still to come.
I should really look into when these things are safe to eat, which I believe is whenever…, nothing like the ground cherries (toxic illness, anyone?). I have another pathetic, undersized Juliet tomato ripening as we speak (!!!!) and a lot of lettuce. Perhaps a nasturtium salad is in order soon?