Marigold is the silent army of the garden as it produces what is known as alpha-terthienyl, a substance that suppresses nematodes, which are microscopic worms that attack the roots of plants. Strong roots = successful garden. Plant around the border of beds and crops.
Also very powerful medicine when used internally for cramps and coughs, and topically for sunburn and so much more.
Besides simple style “seated meditation”, my favorite way to “go in” and activate a meditative state is while stringing flowers. A sure way to access the magic of consciousness and get in under the mind’s chatter. Warning. It can be especially activating and intoxicating via the flora, if you let it. Plus, afterwards you will have a stunning and precious garland imbued with all the goodness that you are.
Try it sometime. Cut the stems off your flower stalks. Use fishing wire to puncture through the center of the bud and string away to desired length!
photo: ©Marisa Gross/Lady Greenthumbs