Life cycle of strawberries and Nasturtium

I love this photo my son captured of me few weeks ago. It shows well how growing from seeds takes over the kitchen during this season. The winter wasn’t as harsh as last year and the first weeks of springs were pretty good. However, there were windy and cold periods in May, absolutely horrid. Living in the city I really shouldn’t complain compared what it was like up north, snowing a lot during the first week of June. Most of my plants survived the winter, in the garden as well as greenhouse.

Anyway, I’m not going to talk about every plant I’m growing but mainly focus on two experiments on making the cycle of growing sustainable. The plants in question are strawberries and Nasturtium. I grew lots of new strawberry plants from runners last summer and collected the seeds from the Nasturtium and dried them during the winter.

The runners before I planted them in separate pots last summer.

And really thriving in August.

I was adviced to put the pots in the bed during winter to keep them warm. It worked perfectly. Of 17 plants 16 survived.

Took them out of the bed early this spring and planted them in bigger pots.

It has pleasantly surprised me that many of them have flowered already. If all goes well I’ll have a lovely crop this summer. The wild strawberry plant I bought from Kitty last year is alive and happy after the hibernation during winter.

Didn’t look good at first.

But when I had cut the dead leaves I noticed a bit of green.

And they started growing so fast, I saw a difference from day to day.

Sometimes I couldn’t believe my eyes.

In the beginning of June there’s a lot of flowers. I’m really excited to enjoy the taste of the wild strawberries again. They are incredible.

And now the Nasturtium. I didn’t dare to trust the seeds I picked last summer would become plants so I also bought some.

On the left you can see the seeds from the pack and on the right are the seeds I collected and dried.

I was a funny coincident that the first Nasturtium seedlings to peak out of the soil on the same day were one from the pack and another from my collection. Then I had to wait a while before more seedlings from my collection came to live whilst the ones from the pack grew really fast. At that point I was happy I’d bought some too.

However, all of a sudden the seedlings from my collections started showing and grew really fast. About a month after I’d planted the seeds they were all equally big and beautifull.

The cucumber plants grew fast as well and so did the herbs and celery seedlings.

The Nasturtium have become really big after being repotted and been taken to the greenhouse.

Celery waiting in the greenhouse from mid May. They were planted in the growing box one week into June.

I grew Italian green beans from seeds as well.

They grow like crazy in the greenhouse.

I bought tomato plants from Tomas same as last year.

Rhapsody in Blue has lots of buds already. Can’t wait to smell the lovely roses.

Dahlias make me happy.

This photo is taken two weeks ago. A lot has happened since then.

I’m so excited about the garlic in the grow boxes.

Cherry blossoms lasted longer than normally this spring. So pretty!

And they tulips were beautiful as always. They survived the cold and windy period this time. Last year they bloomed only one day before they horrible storm and all were ruined. I was so happy to get to enjoy them longer this spring.

I’m extremely excited about the summer! 🌤

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