Sunday, April 4, 2010

Seed GROW Project: Spitfire Nasturtiums

I'm one of 45 gardeners around the country participating in the Seed GROW Project, where we are all growing Spitfire Climbing Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus 'Spitfire') and comparing results.

It's not quite time to be planting them here in Utah. Planting outside would have to be after the frost date (May 15th), and starting indoors would only be about 3 weeks before then.  It's been snowing off and on this week, so it's not looking promising yet.  If I was home in California, I could have planted them when I got them a month ago..

It's also uncertain as to where these will be planted, as I have at least 3 garden locations to work with this year - my own place, the community garden I am starting, and a half acre that my best friend and I will share.  We are looking to try our hand at growing competition-sized pumpkins on that one, and there will be plenty of room for at least one of these nasturtiums too.

I am looking forward to this experiment.  They taste peppery, so I am told, and it would be fun to serve a flowery salad to my friends.

Until it's planting time, I am left just dreaming of planting my Spitfire nasturtiums and reading the blogs of those who have been able to start.

Have you grown nasturtiums?  Tried eating them?

"I'm growing Nasturtium "Spitfire" for the GROW project. Thanks, to Renee's Garden for the seeds."

Photo from Renee's Seeds


Colleen said...

I'm in the same boat, still waiting to plant mine. It's hard not to be a little bit jealous of those gardeners who have cute little baby nasties already...

MrBrownThumb said...

I'm waiting a pit to plant mine, but will do some indoors and outdoors.

I've eaten the leaves and blooms. Leaves are kinda peppery.

This year I want to try to pickle some seeds.

Fern @ Life on the Balcony said...

Mr. Brown Thumb--I want to pickle some of the seeds too! Ever since I saw your post about someone making capers out of them.

Dina said...

i have grown them and eaten them. and will be growing again, like you i am in colorado and having garden envy. I mostly write on medicinal plants. i am following from pr place.

Tamara Jansen said...

I live up in British Columbia Canada just an hour out of Vancouver. We can start getting things in the garden pretty much right now. Got to be careful though.

Have fun with the seeds :)

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