Diwali has been traditionally celebrated in India with the illumination of the night sky by the lighting of thousands of clay diyas of all shapes and sizes. Idols and homes are decorated with the beautiful saffron coloured marigold flowers. These are not only environmentally friendly, but can also be reused to make our gardens grow!
Marigold is a truly versatile plant. It can not only be grown to enhance the beauty of a garden, but attracts pollinators such as bees; a natural way to propagate your plants.
The thickly petalled flower of the marigold attracts insects such as ladybugs who help to keep plants pest free.
It’s ability to attract pests away from crops such as cucumbers, squash, bush beans and eggplants makes it an ideal companion plant for these vegetables.
The roots and stems of the marigold plant emit a chemical that will help suppress nematodes in the soil, which love to eat away at the roots of various plants including cabbage and tomato.
After its use in the garden and adornment during auspicious and festive occasions, this vibrant flower continues to work its magic. In the videos you can learn how to make a nutritious supplement for your soil and a bio-enzyme that can be used as a pesticide.
So let’s protect and nourish our environment before, during and after festivals by growing and using the beneficial marigold.