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Mother Nature (sometimes known as Mother Earth or the Earth-Mother) is a common personification of nature that focuses on the life-giving and nurturing aspects of nature by embodying it, in the form of the mother.

Organics…Naturally…Marigolds

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Before you use herbicides or pesticides in your gardens…consider this!  Study after study have proven that those chemicals used have a high correlation to all sorts of disease, not to mention depleting our wonderful earth of its natural checks and balances!  So… you are not using them on the produce you are growing or consuming…well that is great but you are still ingesting them from the air and water if you are using them in your flower gardens.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/246750-the-effects-of-herbicides-pesticides-on-humans/

 

Mother nature provides the balance our gardens need if we research, plan and plant correctly.  There are many plants that will create the natural balance in mother nature to deter an over abundance of bugs, critters and weeds.  For example…the marigold is a wonderful plant which provides months and months of beauty flowering from early spring until frost and is such a deterrent in our gardens against infestations of bugs- including the pesky mosquitos,  guarding against rabbits and also deer, if planted along borders and interspersed with other plants. The pungent smell of the flowers deters bugs from eating neighbouring fruits and vegetables.

The benefits of marigolds are numerous…too numerous to mention in one post.  But here are a few!  Yes..correct…it is a wonderful healing plant! Just be sure to confirm which marigold cultivars are edible.  There are several such as the Lemon Gem or Mexican Marigold.

Medicinal Benefits

– Inflammation of the intestines
– Diarrhea
– Liver problems
– Expel worms
– Herpes and glandular swellings
– Hepatitis                                                                                                                                                                                                             – Cancer and tumor growths
– Cracked feet and ulcerated legs
– Non healing wounds- Athlete`s feet
– Nose scabs
– Varicose veins
– Eczema and skin infections

Ointments:
Chop some fresh flowers and add it to some coconut oil. Heat slightly and then let cool. The ointments are good for pains. To make the ointment easy to spread, you can add some vegetable oil to the ointment. Some will recommend lard instead of coconut oil. Remedies using the ointment:

– Athlete`s feet
– Nose scabs
– Varicose veins
– Eczema and skin infections

The leaves can be used in salads or as fresh vegetables and eaten to heal tuberculosis.  In conclusion…this beautiful flower is no light weight in the garden…for its healing properties or the wonderful balance it brings to nature!  Happy Planting!  Cheers!

However, if you are just looking to maintain control of your garden with a healthy balance then you have found a great source of beauty and balance for your outdoor space.  Did I mention that it is easy to grow, is abundant at nursery centres, can be grown from the seed pods the flowers produce,  and will often reseed itself for the following year and can also be purchased at any seed store by the package and sown directly outdoors in early spring. In the photo below…I did a mass planting of marigold seeds around a new patio garden I put in for my Garden Owner…Frank.  I created him an outdoor living area that is shaded in the afternoon from the hot sun.  The challenge was to insure that bugs and critters would be kept in balance as there are many other plants around the patio as well.  It is a brand new home Frank has built so I am fortunate enough to have a blank canvas to create.  He wanted a low maintenance garden which he could enjoy areas of seating throughout the garden.  This is the first one I have created.

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Bulbs for Fall planting

Squirrel stealing bulbs

It is time to think about planting your spring flowering bulbs now.  There are many types and colours to choose from.  Just remember to purchase your bulbs at a reputable garden centre or nursery or even a catalog.  Remember you get what you pay for.  The bulbs must be from good stock in order to have the showy blooms and healthy plants you are looking for.  When planting remember to amend the soil and add compost…it will continually feed your plants all year long as it composts down and creates the food for the plants.  Plant your bulbs soon after you purchase to ensure the best growth and blooms.  Work organic compost and mulch a few inches into the soil before placing your bulbs.  I love mass planting of bulbs because they are such show stoppers in the spring.  However if you have limited space try and plant in groups of 3 or 5 bulbs.  Remember to plant at a depth of approximately 3 x the bulb width.  In sandy soils plant slightly deeper and in clay soils plant not quite so deep.  Add mulch to the top layer of soil to maintain moisture and control weeds.  If you have critters in or around your garden such as squirrels or voles it is a good idea to add a chicken wire cage across the top of the planting area and stake it down with 4 or 5 inch metal stakes that you can purchase at your local garden centre or hardware store.  Once you are done planting remember to give the area a good watering and then just wait for spring and let mother nature do her magic!  In the spring, once the bulbs have sprouted up, remove the chicken wire cage to allow the plants to grow freely and enjoy!

Its Fall Clean Up Time!

Yes garden lovers it is once again fall clean up time.  Every season is my favorite season as each one brings a change of scenery and colour and a renewed beauty to every garden space!

It is a great time to amend and feed your perennials and trees and time to do some pruning and overall clean up.  Don’t forget to harvest your fall fruits and veggies and remember just because it is cooler weather does not mean to forget to water regularly when mother nature doesn’t!