Talking About Nasturtiums: I'm headed out to buy more seeds for my garden!

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Talking About Nasturtiums

By wildflowers
April 12, 2010

I have a personal fondness for this old-fashioned flower. Its delicate fragrance takes me back to when I was a young girl spending many hours in the garden. The taste of the sweet nectar from the spur of the nasturtium, the skipper butterflies fluttering around, and the ladybugs . . . I'm transported back in time.

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Name: Bridgett
Sonoita, Arizona
Zone 8a
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Sonoita
Apr 13, 2010 9:17 AM CST
Thank you! I will be planting nasturtiums around all my cucumbers, and squash!!!!! Are there others that help to detour those pesky squash beetles? Glare
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Apr 13, 2010 2:13 PM CST
Hi Sonita, Glad you liked the article!

Catnip is very good at offending bugs!! Although some find it to be a bit invasive since it is in the mint family, it may have a tendancy to wander where you don't want it. But a nearby pot of catnip could do the trick. I have mine growing in a pot.

It deters more than just the squash bug, it will also deter flea beetles, aphids, Japanese beetles, ants and weevils. It will also repel mice, as with others in the mint family.

Lemon balm in the garden is also known to keep the squash beetles away!!

Good luck and happy gardening. Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Bridgett
Sonoita, Arizona
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Sonoita
Apr 13, 2010 2:56 PM CST
Thanks, I have catmint in my flower garden, my cats LOVE it! It tolerates their molesting pretty well I must say Hilarious!
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Apr 13, 2010 4:10 PM CST
But of course! That's the real reason I am growing catnip!!

He hasn't found it yet but it should be a treat when he does (for both of us).

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