Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Foolproof Flower Gardening ~ #12

This old fashioned garden favorite thrives on neglect. You don't even have to plant the seeds - just take a handful and scatter them into your flower beds and let Mother Nature do the rest. Once established, nasturtiums will become a permanent fixture in your garden, reseeding for decades to come. They'll tolerate full sun or semi shade, drought or regular water, poor or rich soil. Here, along the coast, they bloom all year.

All parts of the plant are edible. The leaves have a peppery taste and can be mixed into salads along with lettuce. The flowers can be used to decorate cupcakes or mixed into salads along with the leaves.

The plants have a tendency to ramble and will twine themselves in whatever is in their path. They can be trimmed back or pulled out altogether, as the seeds left behind will send up new plants almost immediately.


Tracy said...

Gardening that takes care of that! :o)

High Desert Diva said...