One of the fun things about urban homesteading is growing your own herbs.  Not only are you growing your own spice rack but tasty drinks, medicine chest and beauty products.

From teas to tinctures from herbal butters to brews herbs are one of the most useful things you can grow on your urban homestead.

Going Herbal on the Homestead

I think I listed one time all the herbs we grew here on the urban homestead- can’t seem to find it right now.  But it’s here somewheres on the blog.

Growing is one thing, using them is an altogether wonderful experience.   Not only will you be providing your family with homegrown pharmacy and enticing culinary flavors you can also expand into home cottage industry.

Here’s some of our latest herbal delights: The inedible edible, nasturtium — vinegar! (See recipe)  Was inspired to try this latest creation thanks to the West Ladies DVD about using herbs.

These bright and cheery flowers are not only gorgeous but they are edible.  For the most part the entire nasturtium plant is edible – leaves and seed pods (capers)

Flowers not only brighten up a salad they give a nice peppery taste.  We throw “nasty’s” in pastas on pizzas.

The seeds can even be pickled!

Freshly picked nasturtiums

Into a jar of vinegar

Steep and shake for a few weeks


  1. Laura says:

    That’s awesome! Thank you. I”m not sure if we can grow these here but I’m going to look into it.

  2. Nome says:

    I LOVE nasturtiums! They self-seed all over my allotment but I don’t care – they can go for it!

  3. Nadine says:

    I also saw that vinegar being made on the West Ladies DVD and I look forward to making some myself this summer!

    You have a great website!


  4. Kris says:

    I love nasturtiums but have found they are aphid magnets. I usually end up just pulling up the entire plant and disposing of it once the infestation gets extreme …. I always seem to catch the dang aphids only after there are about 5 gazillion of them on a vine. Do you have problems with aphids on your nasturtiums, and if so what do you use to get rid of the aphids?

  5. Hazel says:

    I love nasturtiums- I’ve got them all over my allotment too. We pickle the seeds as an alternative to capers- delicious!

  6. Wendy says:

    Nasturtiums are my daughter’s favorite flower! She’d plant them all over the yard if we could afford to devote the space to them :). As it is, we’ll be using them as borders along the potato towers.

    I’m planning to try pickling a jar or two of the seeds this year ;).

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