How to Grow an Edible Flower Container Garden

Learn how nasturtiums — edible flowers — can make not only a beautiful addition to your home garden, but a tasty addition to a salad or mixed vegetable platter.

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4. Water, Then harvest the Plants

Wait for the plants to grow. About a week later, little green shield-shaped leaves will poke their way through the soil. Give them a drink of water.

Harvest the crop. When several leaves have appeared and the bright flowers bloom, they are ready to eat.

5. Add Nasturtiums to Salads and Ice Cubs

Add a few nasturtium leaves and flowers to a mixed leaf salad. If you leave some flowers on the stalks, they will form tiny wrinkled seeds. You can eat these, too! Make flowery ice cubes by putting flowers into an ice cube tray with water, then freeze.

Beautiful Nasturtium SaladEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

6. Care for Your Plants

Collect the seeds when the flowers have died. Store them until they are hard and dry (as shown here). Keep them in an airtight container in a cool dry place and remember to label them. You can then plant them for next year's crop.

Take proper care of your plants. Nasturtiums grow best in full sun and in poor, dry soil. Their height varies depending on the variety. The plants need little attention and prefer the soil to be kept fairly dry. However, in a hanging basket or bag, the soil can dry out quickly, so water regularly, especially in dry weather.

Dried Seeds Ready to PlantEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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