We employ it when offering but it is also an excellent all natural essential for any garden as an organic pesticide when ground into a fine dust and sprinkled around plants
It is a very hardy plant requiring little attention and the seeds are readily available to purchase for those would consider it.
Adding a photo I took in our garden area and as you can see it is a beautiful plant that is capable of growing in excess of six feet in height where there is good sunlight.
While it can be grown for it’s insecticide value I have found that scattering a few around the various rows dedicated to vegetables will serve as something of a deterrent while
waiting for the leaves to dry to make into dust-that or a little cayenne dusted about or mixed with water and sprayed directly on plants-also a few marigolds here and there and
and there should be no problems.
Dusting with it leaves no residual effects that I have seen and since I assume all would wash their vegetables first before consuming or canning I’m not aware of any “flavoring” either.
A little advice for those first attempting to grow this plant-early spring when you are sure there will be no frost-and if you reseed from your orignal plants it has the ability to acclimate and strengthen itself.
One can also purchase ladybug or mantis eggs as another layer of defense when they have hatched out-of course you don’t want to supply the mantis with a ladybug meal so one or the other per season.
Scarecrows? Of questionable value like those plastic owls and rubber snakes-as more of a joke we erected a scarecrow one year-and a fine specimen it was, but the resident dogs took offense for some reason and throughly mauled it in a brief but stunning attack, and to this day the recalling of the event never fails to cause a round of laughter.
Dig in the dirt, connect to the land and grow something-you’ll enjoy it as well as improve your diet and general well being.