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How to Grow & When to Plant the Great Companion Plant Nasturtiums!

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Nasturtiums are not only a beautiful addition to your garden, but are a terrific companion plant for your vegetables. These flowers help to attract beneficial insects and repel bad ones like the cucumber beetle and white fly.

How to Grow:

Nasturtiums can be planted by seed indoors up to 4-6 weeks before your last spring frost and transplanted outdoors after your last spring frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Nasturtium seeds are planted 1 inch deep, 1 per square foot, in the full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Your seeds should sprout within 7-14 days. You will need to provide your nasturtiums with regular water.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

Nasturtiums make an exceptional companion plant because it repels a lot of pests including beetles!

         GoodBad
BasilLemongrassNONE!!
Beans (Bush & Pole)Marjoram 
BroccoliOregano 
Brussel SproutsPotatoes 
CabbageRhubarb 
Collard GreensSouthern Peas (Black-Eyed Peas) 
CornStrawberries 
CucumbersSummer Squash (Zucchini) 
EggplantTarragon 
Goji BerriesTomatoes (Bush & Vine) 
Kale  

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for nasturtiums:

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Harvesting:

Nasturtiums will be ready to harvest in approximately 55-65 days. Nasturtiums are best harvested in the morning while moist. You simply cut the flower off, removing the stem.

Cooking & Eating!

Nasturtiums are one of the many edible flowers in your garden that many people are not aware of. The entire nasturtium plant is actually edible and can be added into salads, stir fries, or as a garnish.

 

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