Welcome to my website. Its about growing fresh herbs amongst my vegetables and fruit trees and their use in the kitchen. The presence of these herbs benefits the other edible plants by attracting pollinators and helping to repel pests. They add beauty and pleasant aromas to my garden with their attractive foliage and flowers...............John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 27th July 2016.
I grow nasturtiums beneath my apple trees to help deter insect pests.
I also use the leaves fresh and uncooked. They have a peppery sweet taste and I find them extremely helpful with digestion and acid reflux.
Melbourne's warm temperate climate, they survive winters long enough for
new plants to emerge from where their parents self seeded.
They are virtually trouble free, only requiring fertile soil and occasional pruning to keep them healthy and tidy.
They are usually pest free in my garden.
Garden bed type: Drip line irrigated bed.
Recommended soil pH: 5.5 - 7.5.
Minimum Sun per Day: 6 hours.
Plant Size: Sprawling ground cover.
Good Companions: Cucumbers, Zucchini, Brassicas, Apples.
Climate: Warm Temperate.
Geographic Hemisphere: Southern.
Nasturtiums need full sun.
They are frost tender, but in our climate usually survive well enough to give cover to new seedlings replacing them in spring.
They stand up well to hot dry conditions, but grow best if the soil is kept moist.
In Spring, tidy up the old plants and remove mulch and organic debris from under them.
Apply a 60mm top dressing of homemade compost, and cover with a thick layer of straw mulch.
In spring, sow nasturtium seeds 100mm apart in the selected garden bed.
Once established, a patch of nasturtiums will maintain itself for many years by self seeding.
Apply a foliar spray of aerated compost tea every 4 weeks when the other edible plants are sprayed.
The best control of caterpillars is to spray the affected plants with Bacillus thuringiensis (Dipel in Australia) This
natural soil dwelling bacterium once ingested by the caterpillars produces toxins which
paralyse the caterpillar's digestive system causing it to stop feeding.
It dies within a few days.