nasturtium n' tomatoes, fo'evah n' evah
By @meriahnichols on June 10, 2011
The Stinking Rose is a much loved restaurant in San Francisco (which appears from the website seems to have sold out some by opening a branch in Beverly Hills, of all places). It's been a fun place to go and bring friends, especially out-of-towners that are suitably impressed by the lush wackiness of the joint. Garlic ice-cream! Oooh-hooo!
I never got the name though. I thought it was cool, sure, but I didn't get it. Yesterday while in the garden, admiring my brand-new mini-spiral and blissed out of mind that the nasturtiums that I hunted down and transplanted have taken, I got it.
|my mini-spiral - with basil, flat-leaf parsley, tomatoes, marigold, snap dragon and at the very top you can see the nasturtium peeping through|
Companion planting! Roses love garlic! A-HA! Isn't that clever?! The Stinking Rose! hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!
Ha, ha and AH-HA aside, I am tickled pink by the whole concept of companion planting. Where compatible plants help each other out by balancing/providing something that other plants finds useful.
Garlic loves roses. Tomatoes love nasturtium. I looked everywhere for nasturtium seedlings and could not find them. Then just seeds. Still couldn't find them. Which frankly confused me as I saw the plants EVERYWHERE. Finally (as so often it happens), just as I was giving up hope, I found them right here in our own garden, tucked in a nook under some old potting soil. I moved them over to the tomatoes, praying they'd be okay and LO! Look at 'em!
The artichokes are doing well, thank you for asking!
|three lil' artichokes, growing in the tree...|
I find them adorable, peeping out of their leafy cocoons like they do
And, like I always get hungry while visiting the aquarium (my mouth actually salivates when I gaze at the squid), I find sexy little drool-puddles by the artichokes.
*MUST* move on now.
I don't actually find the strawberries as exciting as the artichokes. I think it's because the dang squirrels keep stealing 'em
The pole beans are doing their thing, and allowing Jack and the Bean Stalk to a make a lot of good sense
|can't you just see this climbing through the clouds?|
And speaking of climbing, I've never seen lettuce get so tall
|letting it go 'to seed'|
Or ivy to grow so fast
Ivy - and this little "weed"
Bring to mind the whole concept of weeds. Weed - a plant that grows where it's not wanted. Right? I mean, a rose can be a weed if it's growing in your corn patch. I'm pretty sure nasturtium must be generally considered weeds, else I'd have an easier time finding seeds for them.
One thing that I like about "weeds" is how fiercely they grow. Cling to life. Assert themselves. I"m sure I'm just saying this as a brand-new gardener, but then again, I did name my daughter Moxie as she clung to life herself so fiercely. I appreciate little survivors.
Which in my hands, probably means the whole garden
It's being patient with me. I can feel it. Letting me fall in love with the process of growing, with the hidden magic that comes from a seed unfurling, letting loose through the soil into the light.
It'll probably hit me with a double-dose of the 'add nitrogen to my soil or I"ll kill myself' thing later BUT by then, well, I'll be in love and we'll have a rabbit trailer and lots of worm castings and super-nitrogen-rich chicken poop to boot.
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