Permaculture · Urban Farm

How does your Permaculture grow: Calendula

Quietly this self seeder is a perfect choice to begin our discussion of the plethora of permaculture that can be layered into your food forest or edible landscaped homestead.

Calendula officinalis commonly known as calendula, pot marigold, or English marigold and it is categorized as multi-purpose: as a pest deterrent, skin salve and foot soak or sugar scrub. Some use the petals of this plant as an edible tea.

Calendula can be a homemade pesticide is super easy to make, and repels leaf cutting and chewing insects like:

*Leaf cutting bees on your roses and lilacs
*Asparagus beetles
*Tomato hornworms

To make marigold calendula spray use
Here’s what you do:

 Mash 1 cup (225 ml) of marigold leaves and flowers
2. Mix with 1 pint (500 ml) of water
3. Let soak for 24 hours
4. Strain through cheesecloth
5. Dilute further with 1 1/2 quarts (1.5 liter) of water then add 1/4 teaspoon (5 ml) of liquid castille soap
6. Spray target areas

Any time you are using a new spray on your plants, make sure to spray on a test leaf first to make sure no damage to the foliage will take place.

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