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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Flowers in the Garden

The flowers are out. Here are just a few of the blooms that are decorating the vegetable garden.

Nasturtium - this is the first time I have ever grown this flower. I selected it as a companion plant and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it is completely edible. Both the flowers and the leaves can be consumed. Additionally, the seeds can be dried and used like peppercorns. Based on that last use, you have probably guessed that this plant has a peppery flavor. The flowers are beautiful. The types we planted are Cornucopia (in the photo), Jewel, and Whirlybird Mix (still waiting these to bloom).

Marigold - The old companion for tomato plants are alive and well. I selected two types of marigold to grow from seed this year, Flower Power Mix and Burpee's Mixed Colors. The marigold was the first to bloom in the garden.

Squash - The zucchini, squash, and pumpkin flowers have been showing their golden glory for over a week as well. There have been many cycles of blossoms, but I have yet to find a fruit. Apparently it is common for the male flowers to start blooming a week or two before the females emerge. The females will need to emerge and be pollinated before the fruit comes. I will keep monitoring in anticipation of pollination and fruit.

Tomato - The first tomato flower appeared last week. Since then, the tomato flowers have been popping out all over the plants. No tomatoes yet, but I am hopeful.


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