Nasturtiums & Spring Plant Sale

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Nasturtiums grow rapidly and come into bloom in about six or eight weeks from seed, quicker than most other annual flowers. You can plant them after the danger of frost is past. It is best to plant nasturtium in soil of below average fertility to encourage slow growth and abundant flowering. Rich soils will produce lush green plants with few blooms.

Besides being good companion plants in the vegetable garden, parts of the nasturtium plant are edible. The young flower buds and unripe seeds have a pleasantly pungent flavor. Young leaves have a peppery flavor and may be used in sandwiches and salads. The flowers may be used as an edible garnish.

The low bushy type nasturtiums grow to a height of one or two feet. These are used as companion plants in the vegetable garden and can be used as edging plants or massed in the flower border. The flowers are produced freely and are useful in floral arrangements.

The climbing type nasturtium rapidly grows to a height of six to eight feet, and will quickly cover a fence or lattice. This vine climbs by twining around its support; therefore, you will need to provide string, wire, or a trellis for support. Climbing types may also be used to hang down from a window box or trail along a bank or stone retaining wall. Vining varieties prefer shade from the midday sun.

Nasturtiums are one the plants that the Union County Extension Master Gardeners will have available for purchase at their Spring Plant Sale, this Saturday, April 28. The sale will be at the greenhouse at the Union County Ag Center, 3230 Presson Rd, Monroe from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Vegetables, herbs, perennials, fruit plants, and a few ornamental trees & shrubs will be available for purchase. Funds from the plant sale are used to support educational programs in the community. They can now take credit cards, making it easy for you to shop, so stop by and pick up some plants for your garden.