Calendula sure is easy to grow, if it isn’t growing already wild in your local area.
It will tolerate almost any soil type, but likes a full to partially sunny position. It will tolerate some frost and self seeds readily.
Sow in situ in spring or autumn and protect with a cloche if frost becomes severe.
Calendula is a good plant to have around in the veg garden as it is credited with generally keeping out the harmful bugs and attracting beneficial ones.
It is especially effective at repelling the asparagus beetle, tomato worm and keeping the soil free of nasty nematodes and on top of all this the bees love them!
Calendula is an amazing plant with many healing qualities and uses. Calendula has anti-fungal properties which are both effective internally and externally.
It is most commonly used externally for its vulnerary action in the treatment of minor burns and wounds, but in fact it is effective in the treatment of any local skin complaint. From insect bites to acne, to bruising or strains, whether in lotion, ointment, soap, poultice, or compress, calendula is one of the best natural remedies.
Internally in an infusion or tincture Calendula is a great plant to ease stomach complaints, such as ulcers, inflammation and other digestive disorders. It is also useful internally as an emmenagogue in the treatment of delayed menstruation and period pain, as it is in general normaliser of the menstrual cycle.
In the Kitchen
Calendula flowers and petals are used to flavour and dye food, as a saffron substitute it makes a beautiful golden rice.
If that’s not enough to make you want to grow it, Calendula also tastes delicious, is rich in vitamins and minerals, and makes a delightful addition to a salad.