One thing that I did learn this summer is that you don't plant Nasturtiums in June. In fact lots of my fellow gardeners gently advised me of this after my last post about Nasturtiums. In fact I appreciate the advise and hope to try another hanging basket with the Nasturtiums in December. This new knowledge has lead me to invoke a new garden rule here at the Sandpit.
Be it decreed that - Only BONEHEADS plant Nasturtiums in the Summer -everyone knows that they like cool weather. Amen...
Just after I told my last Nasturtium plant in the hanging basket this rule it immediately keeled over dead. I figure it had just been holding out for confirmation before suffering heatstroke.
The demise of the last Nash was a clear signal to try something different in the now vacant hanging basket. So I figure that a basket with Marigolds might work with the hot Summer conditions. Besides I have lots of old Marigold seeds that I have saved and collected in the past that need to be started.
I made up some small seed starter pots from using old newspaper to start the seeds in. I had read this somewhere and decided to test it out. You make the small newspaper pots by rolling about a half page of newspaper folded on itself twice around a old paper towel cylinder and tucking in the bottom. Then pull the tube out and you have a small starter pot . Add a little starter mix and the seeds then soak from the bottom with water in a tray. Simple!
Here are the Marigolds in the newspaper pots one week later.
I have to admit that the newspaper starter pots worked really well to germinate the seeds in. Apparently using my local paper for the pots added a large amount of Manure to the sprouts.
Just my observation.
Anyway, I stuck a bunch of the sprouts in the vacant hanging basket soil. Before planting them you rip off the bottom of the newspaper pot and the newspaper sides protruding above the soil.
This was easy to do because the paper is wet and pulls apart easily.
You can leave the rest of the newspaper in the soil as it will decompose quickly and add itself as compost.
Here is the new hanging basket full of Marigold sprouts after adding the new seed starts.
If they all grow they will have to be thinned out but I figured to use one of my other hard earned garden rules . Plant two hope for one.
Well that' s the latest poop from the Sandpit in a nut shell.
August being the hot month that it is it is a great time just to kick back with a cold drink and watch the sky.
Here are some massive clouds forming up over the Everglades being lifted by the heat.
So instead of doing any real work in the garden until September I can use my free August Excuse .
"It's to friggin' hot to work outside".