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The Nasturtium That Tried To Eat My Yard

Nastie5_3 I have a little neglected corner in my herb garden. It has a bench and a few plants, but over all, it is a bit of a plain Jane. It needed color. Last year I threw a handful of nasturtium seeds at it, hoping they would add some color and interest. I thought a few nasturtiums winding around behind the bench would be pretty.

Fast forward a few months later and the bench is gone. The nasturtiums ATE it. In fact, just about everything is gone!

I have been growing nasturtiums here for over 25 years. I have them all over my garden and I have never in all my gardening years, seen one with such large leaves. Most of the leaves were 7-8 inches across.


The flowers were normal sized, but the leaves looked like giant lilypads! The plant itself was extremely aggressive — pushing all the normal sized nasturtiums out of the way.

It got to the point that I HAD to pull the monster out or risk losing everything. I was sure the plant would grab a small child if they wandered too close to the flowerbed! I have been waiting for the seeds left behind to sprout. They look normal.

So what happened? I have not idea. I think it was a mutant…sent here by aliens. Well, no. I think it just got the best of everything in my little corner and got overly excited.

I have tamed the monster and am moving on…

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.