Whether in the vegetable patch, around fruit trees or near rose trees, this plant can be propagated without restrictions.
Nasturtium is a twining vine that starts spreading when the weather warms up in spring.
Nasturtiums and aphids, a trick decoy plant
If you have heard that these beautiful cute little nasturtiums flowers will help you deal with aphids, that hearsay was correct!
Your rose trees, vegetables and other plants are spared from the aphid onslaught!
You’ll find the aphids on the stems of flowers or on the undersides of nasturtium leaves.
Another flower that also attracts aphids in a similar manner is cosmos.
Disposing of aphid colonies on nasturtiums
Once your decoy is in place, visit the growing bed every two or three days. You can spot new aphid colonies on your nasturtiums easily. Carefully pick or cut the colonies into a small pail.
Your best solution then is to feed them to your chickens, but it’s also good to simply bury them deep under the compost pile or burn them.
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