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Old 07-23-2011, 05:25 PM   #11
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I planted amaranth 5 or 6 years ago just because I thought it was a great looking plant. I have not had to plant it again, it keeps coming back every year on it's own.
Weeds are low maintenance
If you plant edible weeds you can just eat your garden clean!
Dandelion is another good weed you can add to foods and planting them under fruit trees will help the fruit ripen faster.
Nasturtium flowers and leaves are edible and the seeds taste like capers when pickled. Plus they look beautiful in the garden. Leaves are great in salad and the flowers too. Eating a fresh Nasturtium flowers or leaf every hour will help you recover from a cold and sooth a sore throat.
I'm starting to sound like GW now
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I have tried and tried but I cannot get nasturtiums to grow.
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I have tried and tried but I cannot get nasturtiums to grow.
Try planting from seedlings instead of from seed. Nasturtium prefers a sunny position, sandy but well composted soil. Cultivate well and water every second day. They do go through growth stages and flourish in the colder months. They are good companion plants for tomatoes and cabbage.
If you over water they won't flower as much.
Once a nasturtium plant is settled in the soil it doesn't like being moved so leave the strong plants where they are once planted and they will grow well.

Rose scented geranium is another attractive plant that grows easily even from cuttings. Removing a stalk from the bottom of the plant that has a nodule on it just planted straight into the garden and kept moist will make new roots. I started with one geranium and made 15 plants from cuttings so far.
Rose scented geranium leaves can be made into a delicious tea and the leaves can be used to flavour cakes and desserts.
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