Nasturtiums, a popular edible
flower, add a peppery zing to salads and stir-fries, and an attractive garnish
to any plate. There are two types, trailing and bush, and both come in a variety
of vibrant colors.
2. Plant. Sow nasturtium seeds about 1/2 inch deep and 4-6 inches apart. Either poke a hole with your finger and place the seed in the hole, or use a hoe to create a shallow furrow. Cover seed with soil and press gently.
3. Grow. Water soil to keep it moist, and pull weeds that sprout nearby. Once seedlings are a few inches tall, thin them by removing extra plants so the remaining ones are about a foot apart. Apply organic mulch, like bark chips, to control weeds and conserve soil moisture, keeping the mulch an inch or two from stems.
This is one plant that you can enjoy in the garden and on the plate. Harvest
flowers and young, tender leaves in the midmorning and use them when they are
AT A GLANCE
Exposure: Full sun
Planting time: 1 week before the final frost. Can be sown again in summer.
Planting depth: 1/2 inch deep
Spacing in row: Sow 4-6 inches apart; thin to about a foot apart
Time to Harvest: Harvest edible flowers and young leaves throughout the season.
Nasturtiums are an excellent choice for containers and window boxes.