My Backyard: Calendulas and Calendars

Calendulas are a fantastic companion plant to have in your garden!

Not only are the bright colours of the petals beautiful and cheery, they can also be added to salads.

This photograph, taken at one point in our garden, shows first hand how these cheery little flowers serve well to attract and bring in beneficial insects to a garden.

I have placed various groupings of calendulas over time through out our garden, with the distinct purpose of encouraging the bees and other beneficial insects to come visit a while - and here is evidence!

May your garden be blessed by the presence of helpful and beneficial insects also!

It's great to work in and alongside nature.

The Moon Calendar is a great tool and provides a wonderful means of working with the cycles of life when it comes to sowing and reaping from the garden.

According to the Moon Calendar Update I recently received:

  • You can weed, cultivate & harvest tomorrow (Saturday 31st August 2013).

  • You can sow root crops on Sunday 1st September & Monday 2nd September.

  • From 3 – 7 September it is recommended that you dig and cultivate only, to prepare for the fertile first quarter. It is best not to plant or sow anything during this time. 

  • The new moon is on Thursday 5th September at 11.36pm.

Next week....Some frugal water saving tips + what to plant throughout September.

May you have a lovely time in your garden over the weekend!


  1. What happens if you plant when you're not supposed to? Is that plant destined to not do as well?

  2. Hi Jen. There are several interesting articles online about whether to sow by the moon calendar. Some people find it beneficial, others do not. The seasonal weather will be a good guide also as to when it is best to sow. Soil temperature will affect germination, plus frosts may be still prevalent and can damage young, vulnerable seedlings. All this will affect plant development and growth, plus crop outcomes also. It would be better to wait and give young plants a good start, than allow spring enthusiasm to take over. Likewise sowing late in autumn, rather than early in autumn, affects some crops also. This again is due to soil temperature change, and frost risk.