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The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Calendula in Your Garden

Getting StartedStart by selecting a sunny spot in your garden and preparing well-draining soil. Calendula thrives in full sunlight and doesn't require much fuss.

Planting Calendula SeedsSow calendula seeds directly into the soil after the last frost date. Keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate, typically within 7 to 14 days.

Watering and MaintenanceWater your calendula plants regularly, especially during dry spells. Avoid overwatering, as calendula doesn't like soggy soil. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming.

FertilizingCalendula doesn't need much fertilization, but a light application of balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks can promote healthier growth and more abundant blooms.

Pests and DiseasesFortunately, calendula is relatively pest and disease-resistant. Keep an eye out for aphids and snails, which can sometimes be problematic. Remove any affected leaves or flowers promptly.

Harvesting Calendula FlowersHarvest calendula flowers when they are fully open for the best potency. Snip the flowers in the morning after the dew has dried but before the sun gets too hot.

Uses for CalendulaUse harvested calendula flowers to make herbal remedies, skincare products, or simply enjoy them as a colorful addition to salads or garnishes for dishes.

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