- All flowers are good for attracting bees and other beneficial insects, so this is a good reason to have nasturtium in your garden, as it tends to flower prolifically in the right conditions.
- Nasturtium is also used as a companion plant as the leaves attract insects, particularly the cabbage white moth. The flowers also repel aphids and the cucumber beetle.
- It makes a good edible ground cover plant in the orchard for weed control.
- The flowers, seeds and leaves can be eaten. I usually pick a few leaves and add to dinner with other chopped herbs. The leaves have a peppery flavour which I like. I know that you can also pickle the green seeds, but I can never produce enough of them!
- Medicinally, nasturtium is said to have antibiotic properties. It can be made into an infusion or tincture for respiratory conditions, digestion and as a poultice for skin conditions.
- Chooks and cattle also enjoy any nasturtium that grows outside the garden fence.