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Nasturtiums

3rd August 2014



Nasturtiums are very easy to grow and will thrive in even the poorest garden soil, where nothing else will grow. Although they are annual plants, they self-seed profusely, so once they’re established in your garden you can look forward to an endless supply. Planting tips:
  • Nasturtiums grow equally well in full sun and semi-shade. They grow well in poor soil, so it is not necessary to prepare the soil in advance.
  • Sow nasturtium seeds about 1.5cm deep as they need darkness to germinate. Keep the soil moist while germination occurs.
  • Nasturtiums tend to spread out quite rapidly, so pinch out the growing tips if you would like to encourage bushier, compact growth.
Uses:
  • Nasturtium leaves have a peppery flavor similar to rocket and watercress. Add them to salads, sandwiches, stir-fries and risotto. Once picked they can be kept in the fridge for about 5 days.
  • The leaves are high in vitamin C and also have anti-bacterial qualities. A tea made from the leaves is useful for preventing and treating colds and flu.
  • Nasturtium flowers can be used as a garnish for a myriad of dishes, including salads and sushi. Try filling the open flowers with a soft cheese, such as goat’s cheese. Once picked, flowers can be stored in the fridge or in a vase of water.
  • Make your own capers by collecting nasturtium flower buds while they are still tightly closed. Wash the green flower buds well, place them in a clean glass jar and cover with vinegar. Three days later you will have your own homemade capers.

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