Sunday, December 4, 2011

Harvesting Marigold Seeds

Super easy harvesting of marigold seeds!!!

Step 1: Pluck dried dead flower heads off plant, should easily come off with light pulling or bending


Step 2: Pull off top "flower" part (this would be the dried petals) leaving the bottom part


Step 3: Take the remaining part of the flower in between your fingers and give a couple rolls..

Step 4: Empty into a small dish that can be covered and stored in fridge for next seasons planting!!!

INFO:

~ The marigold is probably the most well known plant for repelling insects. French marigolds repel whiteflies and kill bad nematodes. Mexican marigolds are said to offend a host of destructive insects and wild rabbits as well.

~ Marigold or calendula lotion has been used to help heal outer signs of eczema.

~ Marigold infusion or marigold petal ointment can be used to soothe chapped hands and may be used in infusion form in the baths to reduce body scars, and soothe varicose veins.

~ The Garden's Labyrinthe (1577) describes marigold as a toothache aid: "The juice of Marigold petals mixed with vinegar to be rubbed on gums and teeth becomes a soveraigne remedy for the assuaging of the grevious pain of the teeth."

~ To Dry the Petals:
Dry the marigold petals on paper, rather than on screens, as they have a tendency to hold tight to the screen while drying, making it difficult to remove them.

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