Nasturtiums are those lovely easy to grow mainly orange coloured flowers that will proliferate in your garden. At Mitzvahs and Marrows we feel the garden is just not a garden without nasturtiums.
Not only do nasturtiums come in all sorts of colours from pale cream to dark maroon, but the leaves are edible too and taste quite peppery and similar to watercress. In fact you can also eat the flower petals (not that we have tried!), and the green seeds that form after flowering can be pickled too.
To sow nasturtiums you don’t need a great big plot of land or a large garden border, you can sow a few seeds in medium sized pots with multi-purpose compost and get a great result. Of course you can sow nasturtium seeds directly in the borders if you wish. Give the flowers something to climb up as they do have a tendency to take over!
Now nasturtiums can get attacked by black fly and greenfly. In this case either remove the affected leaves (sometimes they congregate on only one or two leaves), or give them a squirt with old washing up water!
If you have any questions about growing nasturtiums please post your queries at the end of this post.