It has been roughly four weeks since I put nasturtium seeds into the soil. If anyone out there still is thinking of giving this a go, you are still not too late – I wanted to share another tip; my cheap and clean method of growing, which is to use a large Tupperware container. The particular one I am using easily holds four flats of seedlings. Seedlings should not dry out, so they demand regular watering to keep the soil moist. With this container I can water and spray them until my heart’s content and still not get a drop of water on my walls or floors. Burpee sells something similar, which can be reused and costs roughly 20 dollars.
This is the time of year before much of the green fills out, a time for trees to be admired. Curling branches coil and flex while holding blossoms or leaf buds at their tips like dancers with their castanets, and weeping trees let down blossoming firecracker streams. Magnolias are at their peak right now. In a short while the blossoms will be swept away in spring winds, green will prevail, and the branches will be lost to the leaves.
If you have a chance, and a few friends, don’t miss your opportunity to picnic underneath the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s cherry trees. Their 25th annual cherry blossom viewing festival will be the weekend of the 29th.
The Japanese version normally consists of drinking sake while you watch the petals fall, a pleasant and euphoric experience. Brooklyn’s version seems to be more action-packed, with a full roster of activities on both days. Good for families! - Matt N.