Friday, September 24, 2010

All things bright and beautiful

The stunning vibrance of Calendula officinalis - English marigold. It flowers in winter and spring and is a cheerful wonderful healing plant. I normally plant it with Namaqualand daisies and when they appear I know spring is following right behind.
I make tinctures from the petals and mix it with Vitamin E oil and aqueous cream for a healing cream that I use on sores or dry skin. I use to use it as a nappy rash cream for Kayla.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Spring is sprung now if only I can upload the photos!

Bare canvas - well not totally the Cymbopogon citratus (lemon grass) and Capiscum annuum (green pepper bush) already live in the bed with a variety of herbs in pots.

Hard at work digging up weeds and digging in compost and fertilizer. I used a small amount of bone meal and Talbourne Organics seedling food.

Herbs in motion .... pineapple sage, basil, coriander, spanish lavender, sage, tri-colour sage, thyme, lemon thyme, lemon grass, oreganum, standard floribunda rose. Out of picture is catnip, rosemary and strawberries. I also planted 2 rows of carrots and 2 rows of beetroot as well as 2 lettuces. Yummy....