Friday, August 10, 2012

Open Garden #5



Look at this monster, it's a nasturtium (pronounced nas-ter-shum). There's something about this little patch of earth, I had tomatoes planted in this spot last year, and they went gang busters too. Compared to the piddly little nasturtium plant below, this one is a giant.


Nasturtiums are awesome at protecting other plants from nasty pests. The orange flowering plant will repel aphids, and insects are attracted to its mustardy oil in preference to your beloved veggies. It makes sense to plant it around the veggie patch. It is a companion especially to apple trees, cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, radishes, cucumbers and Zucchini.

Its leaves are edible in salads and the flowers a garnish.


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3 comments:

  1. Wow, that is some difference. Obviously there's something delicious in the soil in that particular spot!

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    1. Yes! I'd love to know what it is, might need to do some soil analaysis. Thankyou for linking up again :)

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  2. Wow, that is amazing! Thank you so much for hosting the garden party! What a great idea. Your newest follower. :)

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