The first blossoms of our rolling garden are showing on our Pacific Beauty Calendula (Calendula officinalis). We hadn't heard of this flower before we saw it in the seed catalog. We chose it as a nice companion plant to vegetables and to help deter unwelcome insects. We had planned to put two of these in a square foot, but it looks like this tall beauty in the Sunflower family would like the space for herself. The petals of this flower are edible and in dried or ointment form, it is also used for medicinal purposes. I found this interesting article from the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville, NC about the many medicinal uses for the calendula flower. It's also planted in pots for ornamental purposes and is a favorite in summer bouquets.
The second set of seeds we planted in early April in our closet became very sturdy seedlings. We're running out of room in our small house to keep them near the windows before planting them outside.
We knew that growing our own vegetables would mean some healthy adjustments at the dinner table later this summer. We didn't anticipate that we'd be making adjustments at the dinner table sooner than that!
Tom and Kerry
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