I hope you all had a happy and safe New year! I hope 2017 is a year full of blessings and health for you.
Calendula is one of my favorite herbs, it is good for so many things. It is antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral, and astringent. Not only is it a very medicinal herb, it is a beautiful addition to your flowerbed. The bees love it, and it comes in orange, yellow, and multicolored.
The petals are either in a single row, (like the one in the picture at the top of this post), or in several rows, making a very full, beautiful flower.
This picture is one of my favorites, look at that orange!
Last winter, some of the plants overwintered, and started blooming as soon as the weather warmed up and the sun came out. This year it is much colder though, and I think all the plants have died.
They reseed themselves quite profusely, so you won’t have to worry about having to plant seeds every year.
I have heard that if you feed your hens Calendula petals, it will make the egg yokes a deeper orange (this would be good in these winter months, when there is no greens to forage and the yolks turn a pale yellow color), but getting them to eat them is another story. I tried feeding my hens some leaves of kale and then held out a Calendula flower. They looked at the flower, then me, like, “yeah right, that is most definitely not kale”. So I don’t know if that works or not 🙂
To plant the seeds, after the danger of frost is passed, simply sprinkle the seeds where you you want the plants to grow, and gently rake them into the dirt. In about two weeks, you should see small, pale green sprouts with rounded leaves coming up.
Good luck, and I hope you have success in growing your herbs!