Growing nasturtiums with kids
Nasturtiums are colourful, fast-growing flowers that you can grow in the ground or in containers, hanging baskets and window boxes. They not only look pretty, they're edible too! You can eat the leaves and petals - they taste a little peppery. What you'll need:
• Packet of nasturtium seeds.
• Container, box or hanging basket
• Watering can.
Step 1: Prepare your soil
• If you want to grow your nasturtiums in containers, fill them with
• If you're growing them in the ground, remove the weeds and
rake it well.
• They like to be in full sun and they prefer soil without too much
Step 2: Plant your seeds outside
• Sow your seeds outside from March to May where you want the
flowers to grow.
• Make a drill in the soil 2cm deep with your finger.
• Sprinkle the seeds in and cover with soil.
• Gently water.
• If you want another row, it should be 30cm away from the first
• Your plants should flower in about eight weeks.
Step 3: Care for your nasturtiums
• Water your plants regularly, but be careful not to over-water
• 'Deadheading' - removing dead flowers - will keep them
• Your nasturtiums may need to be trimmed back occasionally.
• Blackfly like nasturtiums. Get rid of them by watering with a weak
solution of eco washing up liquid.
• Nasturtium seeds are easy to collect. Save some to plant next
There's plenty more information in the
downloadable guide. Print it out for more detailed instructions and even more nasturtium facts!
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