How to and why to grow Calendula Officinalis

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Why to grow Calendula

These bright yellow/orange annual flowers are easy to grow and flower profusely from spring through to the first frost. Their petals are a great addition to soups and salads as they offer a peppery taste. Calendula’s vibrant colours may tint some dishes like saffron does. If you need more reasons why to grow this beautiful flower look up its medicinal properties! With a wide variety of healing properties and culinary uses growing Calendula in your gardening is a must!

Where to plant

Full sun to partial shade

When to plant

Direct sow in early spring when there is still a chance of light frost. You can continue to sow until early summer as this will provide fall flowers

 

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What to plant in

This flower grows easily in most regular garden soil, and thrives in a pH range of 5.5-7.0.

How to plant

Sow seeds 5mm (¼”) deep, leave roughly 15-45cm (6-18″) spacing between plants.

How to companion plant

Calendula repels many bad nematodes but may attract slugs. Plant with asparagus and tomatoes.

How to water

Keep plants watered while avoiding overhead watering which can lead to mildew.

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