Go figure, the corn seedling I mentioned on March 21 died, but the other 3 have been growing quickly. I think it was because of the aggressiveness of the other 3 that the first corn sprout didn’t survive. You’ll notice in the photo above that the plants are now in medium sized peat pots. The root system was so incredibly aggressive, that they were spreading into neighbouring peat pellets! My original sprout had a number of neighbouring corn roots growing through it.
The photo below is of my sprouting dwarf nasturtiums and as you can see, the roots are also strong and fast growing. I will have to transplant those to peat pots as well to prevent the same thing from happening. From experience, I really could wait and seed the nasturtiums in pots outdoors when the weather warms. In fact, from trial last year, the ones I seeded outdoors were bushier, but I get excited to grow things. You can’t have too many nasturtiums as they not only produce gorgeous, colourful flowers, but they are also edible and a great companion plant in your garden to help deter certain pests.
Since March 17, the nasturtiums have started sprouting (all 4), as well as the borage (3 of the 4). The borage sprouts looks beautiful and healthy. Borage is self-seeding, so in ground, don’t be surprised if random borage plants start popping up in your garden. This plant attract beneficial insects such as bees for pollination and predatory wasps for organic pest control. I will have to plant them in larger containers this year as they grow quite tall. Look how amazing they look right now! So delicate, but when full grown, watch out for the pricklies!
Last night I also seeded some malabar spinach for the Giving Garden (Garden Party). We had our first planning meeting of the season on Saturday. Everyone is getting excited to get the growing season started. We have lots of exciting projects planned, and will be planting lots of delicious edibles for Parkdale community kitchens and the local food bank. If you are interested in joining us, our garden is located near Keele & Bloor. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and start volunteering with us. It’s a wonderful place to meet new people, and to learn and share gardening knowledge and skills. If this location is not convenient for you, you can check out the Toronto Community Garden Network website and to find a garden closer to home. Any of the community gardens would welcome you and appreciate the help.
In addition to the malabar, I also seeded some Lipstick sweet peppers. I bought the seeds from Urban Harvest based on the name and the description. Very tasty, thick, juicy fruit are about 10cm long. Ripen to glossy red. Heavy yields even in cooler summers. 53 days. Who can resist that write-up!