Saturday, 13 July 2013

Nasturtiums and Snail's Shells

Nasturtiums are amazing!  They are so easy to grow from seed, come in some of the most brilliant colours and are edible!  


I've got them scattered all around the garden.  This week they've finally started to bloom.


They do have one habit that can be a bit of a problem....they love to ramble. Nasturtiums will sprawl all over the place once they get going.


I've got an idea.  I am going to see if I can encourage this plant to grow up a cane.  It's in a big pot by the kitchen door.  The plan is to just pop out and pick the flowers when I want to make a colourful salad.  


I understand Calendula flowers are edible, too.  I've got some of them growing just outside the French doors.   Speaking of French... here's a little trick I saw in a French garden.  


The blackbirds are always eating the snails in my garden and leaving empty shells behind.  Pop an empty snail's shell on the end of your garden stakes. The round shell protects you from impaling yourself on the stake when working with leafy plants.  C'est si bon!

6 comments:

  1. Great idea for the snail shells, makes it better than those plastic things you can get. I grow my nasturtiums in hanging baskets, they reach the floor in no time and really add a great burst of colour, and the pods at the end of the season taste just like capers. Great, versatile plants. Have a great week. Chel x

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    1. I love the idea of hanging baskets filled with Nasturiums! They must look stunning. I have to try that next summer. Thanks! : )x

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  2. Nasturtium are so beautiful, when they begin to bloom! And the idea with the snail shell I didn't know! Brillant!

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    1. It's only fair if the snails get to eat my plants then I get to use their shells. ; )

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  3. I've never tried eating nasturtiums but I've got some growing on the allotment so must give it a go.

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