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Both the flowers and leaves of nasturtiums are edible and have a peppery flavour, they are a good source of vitamins A and C and have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. They can also be used as a natural insect repellent.
Nasturtiums have been traditionally used to treat a variety of ailments, including colds, flu, sore throats, and coughs. As Perth temperatures plummet this winter help boost your immune system with Nasturtium tea, simply steep the leaves or flowers of nasturtiums in hot water for 5-10 minutes, strain & enjoy!
How to Plant Nasturtiums
Choose a sunny spot in your garden. Nasturtiums need full sun to flower their best.
Before planting, enrich the soil with Baileys Soil Improver Plus which contains compost and manure that will encourage strong and healthy growth. If you have very sandy soils, use Baileys Clay & Compost. If growing in pots or tubs, choose Baileys Veg & Herb Premium Planting mix.
Nasturtiums are best sown directly in the garden in Perth in early spring, once the soil has warmed up to at least 16 degrees. You can also start nasturtium seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date. Sow the seeds 1/2 inch deep and 1 inch apart.
Nasturtiums need regular water, especially during the first few weeks after planting. Once they are established, they can tolerate some drought.