|In this container, two varieties of nasturtiums, one with variegated leaves.|
|A red - very red - Nasturtium!|
Nasturtium is also a marvel in the garden as a companion plant, where it's a favorite of aphids (once the aphids are on this pretty plant, they tend to leave other plants alone, the nasturtium acting as a sacrificial plant). Nasturtiums also have the reputation of driving away some pests. It can be placed near other vegetables but it has a good history being used with tomatoes, cabbages, radishes and zuchinnis. Some gardeners use her at the base of fruit trees, too.
As mentionned in a previous article, I don't plant a lot of annual flowers in the garden, but nasturtiums are the exception because they have so much to offer! I always end up with about half a dozen, sprinkled here and there.
|From the same seed packet, flowers come in a fiery orange shade or a sun bathed yellow.|
|Here's a climbing variety - or should I say crawling?|
|A wild fight here between the potato plants and nasturtiums. Who will win this round?|
|Potato harvest right next to the nasturtium. Althought I ruffled it some while collecting the potatoes, it didn't seem to mind much!|