Nasturtiums are the ideal plant for children. Who hasn’t been charmed by dew drops on their sound leaves that look like quicksilver? Of their bright and cheerful flowers in orange, yellow and red that are produced all summer, autumn and even into winter.
They are fast growing, quick to flower and entirely edible. Their peppery tasting leaves are great on buttered bread with tomato as sandwiches, or tossed into a salad. Their flowers are perfect to add colour to salads too, and even their flower buds can be pickled and used as substitutes for capers.
Nasturtiums like a sunny position, grow easily from seed, and do well in practically any soil – as long as it’s free draining. You can grow them in pots, baskets or ‘free range’ in the garden.
By: Meredith Kirton