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Nasturtium

"Nasturtium"

Nasturtiums Love Neglect
I Love Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums’ brilliant flowers & flat fan-shaped leaves  make it an interesting all season favorite.
Easy to grow.  Loves neglect.  Thrives well into fall.

Annual:   Self-seeding – Vine and Climbing varieties – Grows back year after year
Green Seeds are eaten as capers
Height: 10 – 12 inches
Width/Circumference up to 18″
Flowers: Edible. Flowers bloom in a variety of colors
Leaves: Edible – These flat fan-shaped leaves are so yummy, full of vitamin C & add a delightful peppery flavor to sandwich or salad.
Companion Plant:
Tomatoes, Strawberries, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Radishes, Fruit Trees
Nasturtiums improve the growth and flavor of most any plant. They deter & repel garden pests.
Pumpkin Beetles, Squash Bugs, Aphids, Cucumber Beetles, Whiteflies & more. Attracts beneficial insects.
An attractive, nutritious, delicious & easy companion plant to grow. Grow them in pots or directly in the ground. Great for small spaces but does well in open spaces too. Prefers poor unfertilized soil & very little water.

Warning
Avoid Hybrids

Hybrids, even organic hybrids, do not always produce nectar or pollen. Pollinators will still try eating from hybrids leaving them without proper nutrition.
Just think of how many well-intended growers work with hybrids across the globe & how many pollinators rely on them.
Hybrids do not always produce reliable, sustainable, next generation seeds but if they do produce next generation seeds most of the time crops grown from these seeds are deformed, stunted & unreliable making them unsustainable for the grower.

Nasturtiums – Companion – Edible – Sustainable

Urban Farming? Do you eat Nasturtiums?

 

Borage

"Borage Star Flower"Borage Bud"Bees Love Borage"
 

No rose could ever bring me such delight!
Bees dance on them – People eat from them – Crops thrive on them.
 

It’s spectacular fluorescent blue flowers in star shape design are an experience to behold.
Herb: Annual – Self-seeding – Grows back year after year.
Height: 2 to 3 feet tall.
Flowers: Edible Blue – Pink – White – Five pointed star-shaped flowers
Blooms continuously – Delicate honey sweet flavor
Leaves: Edible – These 2 – 6 inch leaves are rich in Calcium, Vitamin C, Potassium & Mineral Salts. Hairless young leaves are most desirable for eating. Mature leaves are good but hairy. Tastes just like cucumber.
Companion Plant to: Tomatoes, Strawberries, Spinach, Legumes, Brassicas, Squash – Most any plant will benefit from Borage. Borage strengthens neighboring plants resistance to disease & pests. Tomato Hornworms & Cabbage Worms detest Borage. Borage attracts many beneficial insects. Bees & Wasps love Borage! Borage enriches the soil, enriches the compost pile, enriches the spirit.

Warning
Avoid Hybrids

Hybrids, even organic hybrids, do not always produce nectar or pollen. Pollinators will still try eating from hybrids leaving them without proper nutrition.
Just think of how many well-intended growers work with hybrids across the globe & how many pollinators rely on them.

Hybrids do not always produce reliable, sustainable, next generation seeds but if they do produce next generation seeds most of the time crops grown from these seeds are deformed, stunted & unreliable making them unsustainable for the grower.

Borage – Companion – Edible – Sustainable.
Urban Farming? Do you eat Borage?