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  1. ali
    July 17, 2014 @ 1:36 am

    I’m from across the way, ( and suck at conversions) what would 60g of bees wax chips be in ounces? Is that by weight or volume? Thank you so much

    September 12, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    I never tried this thing but this sound interesting .

  3. Gillian
    June 11, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    I love calendula. If you pick them, do they just keep reproducing flowers or is that it?

    • Ben
      June 11, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

      They keep coming…cut them above a leaf node and you shall get two flowers growing back. :)

  4. Karen - An artist's Garden
    August 29, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    Nice, thanks Carl and Ben, this is something I have been meaning to try for ages, and this year I planted lots of calendula everywhere

    • Ben
      August 29, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

      Always glad to be of service to a fair maiden.

  5. Mo
    August 29, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    It’s amazing who you bump into at Higgledy Gardens :)
    Great post Carl. And very interesting too ;)

    • Carl Legge
      August 29, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

      Hi Mo

      Nice to bump into you Chez Higgledy.

      Thanks for the feedback.


      • Ben
        August 29, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

        Oh it’s a small digital world…anyone got any biscuits?

        • Carl Legge
          August 29, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

          I could do you a recipe for some on my blog ;)

          What would you like?


  6. Jan
    August 29, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    I made something similar from a recipe from Sarah raven a couple of years ago-its probably past its sell by date but it seems fine and is a treat for hardworking hands, especially if you have any cuts or scratches from gardening-highly recommended!

    • Ben
      August 29, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

      Hi Jan, I have it on good information that Miss Raven is about to launch a collection of herb/medicinal plants and seeds.
      Hope you’re keeping well. :)

  7. Diana
    August 29, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    Can u use marigolds bought from the shop…. Mine r now past their best. I’ve got loads of beeswax next time you are nearby. My dad is a beekeeper

    • Ben
      August 29, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

      No…although people call calendula ‘marigolds’…or ‘pot marigolds’…they are in fact a different family. Marigolds don’t have the same magic stuff in them…plus shop bought ones will have been sprayed with all sorts of rubbish. Send a postal address to me at and I’ll send you some dried petals…I have enough left over for you to make at least one small batch. No charge.