Changing seasons…….. means changing colours !!

Green was dominant all these months.

Now the Browns, Reds, Yellows, Purples & the Whites have peeped out!

With the blooming marigolds come other colours in search of the delicious nectar….

Well,

i am an ardent fan of Marigold, in fact i also love the black & white porcupine-like stripes on its seeds. They are also amazingly simple to grow. At any given time in Acres Seven we will have a nursery bed going for marigolds with about 50 seedlings growing at a time. Usually i transplant them all over the place randomly & i do make sure to plant them in between the vegetables.

Btw, Marigold has many medicinal properties….

“Marigold is used for stomach upset, ulcers, menstrual period problems, eye infections, inflammations, and for wound healing. It is antiseptic. If the Marigold flower is rubbed on the affected part, it brings relief in pain and swelling caused by a wasp or bee. A lotion made from the flowers is most useful for sprains and wounds and a water distilled from them is good for sore eyes. The infusion of the freshly gathered flowers is beneficial in fever. Marigold flowers are mostly in demand for child related ailments. Externally it is used in the treatment of alopecia. Internally it is used to treat bladder and kidney problems, blood in the urine, uterine bleeding and many more.”

Also used in many religious ceremonies & they also do look great when women place them on their hair (‘though my no-nonsense partner does not believe in such things !!)

Then why did i plant so many marigolds or why am i in love with it??

Well basically, i like to to flirt with these pretty butterflies & self righteously (mis)using my status as a farmer to declare war on the Nematodes in the soil 

Marigolds is part of my aikido style attack & they work by trapping nematodes that invade their roots and killing them with plant secretions. The roots also saturate the soil with chemicals toxic to nematodes. One only has to make sure that these marigold plants have to remain in place at least for three months…..

No problems, they can remain for ever !!

In fact they remain with me all year around, because what i do is after the plants reach a reasonable height i give them a push (since i am a known thug) & lay them down horizontally, then place some nursery soil on top & yippie new sprouts come.

Talking of changing colours, there are lots of Ambadi & Raan Bhendi which are adding on to the colours. Aren’t the butterflies spoilt for choice !!

I guess it is time to start working with Honey bees & get some boxes for them to harvest honey !

Btw, meanwhile rice has been harvested & wheat has been planted. More of that later !

Peace, love & hurray to the Marigolds !

Ciao !

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