I've this plant in my collection since last year but never knew its medicinal value, It has lovely small flowers and it's been blooming now since last month.
Feverfew is a traditional medicinal herb which is found in many old gardens, and is also occasionally grown for ornament, which are then used in Christmas trees. Feverfew is herbaceous and perennial plant. The plant grows into a small bush up to around 18 inches high, with citrus-scented leaves and is covered by flowers reminiscent of daisies. It spreads rapidly, and they will cover a wide area after a few years. Leaves are ovate, pinnately cut, basal, hairy and up to 3 inches long, with 3 to 5 scalloped sections. Daisy-like flowerheads with white ray and yellowish disc florets to 1 inch across are held in dense corymbs. Various cultivars have been developed for ornamental purposes.
Medicinal uses: Feverfew has been used for reducing fever, for treating headaches, arthritis and digestive problems. It is hypothesised that by inhibiting the release of serotonin and prostaglandins, both of which are believed to aid the onset of migraines, feverfew limits the inflammation of blood vessels in the head.
I have been gardening now since last 2-3 years. I try my best to use old bottles,cans etc as containers for my plants. I use plastic water bottles to propagate plants and share with my friends. Last year, All my spring seeds were sowed in these bottles only.
As i do not have much land for my garden, I am trying to establish a roof top garden. I have got few barrels cut into half in which i am growing some Tulips, hyacinth,asiatic lily and veggies like Brinjal, capsicum, pepper, squash etc. Though this year i am still waiting for the seedlings. I have never ever used any chemical spray or fertilizer in my garden all I use is yard manure. I have also established my small compost pit and I think by next month compost will be ready for use.
Some soil management/amendment techniques like using Panchagavya, jiwamrit, compost etc have been listed in "Taking roots" here which are all inexpensive and ultimately help to improve the soil condition.
My this year Plans are:
1. Growing my own food : Coriander, Brinjal, Capsicum, gourd, bitter gourd, squash,tomatoes, cucumbers etc all have been sowed and will be planted in next few weeks.
2. Using less expensive pots and containers: I believe in recycling things and try to use plastic pots barrels etc for my plants. I am planing to plant my veggies in plastic paint boxes this year.
3. Using no Cemical fertilizer and sprays.
4. Saving seeds and sharing with friends : I stop dead heading my plants near fall and save seeds which i share with my friends and family
Many thanks to Jan@Thanks for Today , She is hosting a Annual Gardeners' Sustainable Living Project, in which she had asked garden bloggers to share things, we are doing or plan to do in our gardens to help the environment. This post is my entry and hope to see yours too.