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AN essential plant for any cottage garden, the pot marigold or calendula will brighten borders with blooms in gold and orange and all shades in between.
Instead, aim to encourage the beneficial insects that paste then an icing bag into grooves in your or compost in your seed tray.feed on them - such as ladybirds, hoverflies and lacewings - by growing poached-egg plants and pot marigolds.
Collect seed heads from hardy annuals such as pot marigolds and allow them to dry before removing the seed and storing in airtight, labelled containers.
THE bright sunny orange flowers of pot marigolds, calendula officinalis, cheer the spirits, make a cheap alternative to saffron for colouring food and the leaves can be eaten in salads.
Plant pot marigolds nearby to encourage pest-eating ladybirds, too.
Going for golds is winning idea THE bright sunny orange flowers of pot marigolds, calendula officinalis, cheer the spirits, make a cheap alternative to saffron for colouring food and the leaves can be eaten in salads.
Encourage the insects that feed on them, such as ladybirds, hoverflies and lacewings by growing their favourite flowers - poached-egg plants and pot marigolds. As a last resort spray with insecticidal soap spray.
The sunny orange and yellow daisylike flowers of pot marigolds or calendula, which are known as poor man's saffron, can also be used for colouring and adding a warm, aromatic flavour to food.
Easy annuals like pot marigolds, Calendulas, Lavatera Silver Cup, Chrysanthemum Tricolor Mixed, Love-in-themist, Nigella and Larkspur are also great choices.