Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Great Companion

Did you know Nasturtiums are a great companion plant? 

Their peppery leaves fend off insects from your garden. Nasturtiums deter cucumber beetles, bean beetles, wooly aphids, white flies, and squash vine borers.  Cabbage, cucumber, and tomatoes will benefit from planting Nasturtiums in a circle around each plant.

Nasturtiums are also edible.  The flowers can be used to add color to salads and leaves will add a nice peppery bite to salads. Seeds can be used like capers.

As an added bonus, Nasturtiums can grow in poor soil and only require sun and water.