Tips for growing Marigolds
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Marigolds (Tagetes), not to be confused with pot marigolds, or Calendula, are part of our vegetable garden this year. Marigolds are popular for their ability to deter pests, and varmit resistant properties. I’ve never been a big marigold fan, but after last year’s growing season full of pests, they’re a much welcomed addition.
We’re using them as companion plantings with a whole row between our tomatoes, as well in other clumps around the garden. I have high hopes they’ll help naturally control pests, and deter deer and rabbits from snack time. Plus adding some bright colors to the garden will be nice.
Marigolds are easy to grow in full sun, and like most kinds of well drained soil. There’s a variety of sizes and colors to choose from too. Be sure to check them out during your next trip to the garden center, especially if you have a buggy problem.
As always, refer to your USDA hardiness zone and/or consult your local gardening professional or agricultural extension for specific growing information for your area.
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We have a little bed where we plant marigolds but I’ve never put them in the garden. I bet it looks really pretty!
I love finding natural ways to deter pests. This looks like a colorful way to do just that! Thanks!
We started planting marigolds amongst in our vegetable garden a couple of years ago and were so happy to see how effective they were at warding off the pests. Lovely photos, Amy.
We’re doing marigolds also.
I love marigolds and your article and pictures are perfect.
I planted a few this year too! So far so good i think…but something is still getting my spinach and lettuces…maybe I need more? I’m enjoying the pop of color!
Rows and rows of marigolds in my garden always make me smile 🙂
Marigolds always make me smile. They’re just such friendly little flowers. I’ve tried them among the tomatoes in the garden and it does seem to help keep the creepy crawlers away. Now, if they would just keep the deer out….!!!!
We just got ours yesterday for the same reason. Pesky rabbits.
We have a couple farm dogs that do a good job of keeping the varmints away. However, the marigolds sure do add a little zip of color to the garden, don’t they? I didn’t used to be such a big fan of them, but they’ve grown on me in the last few years. They sure do take pretty pics!
Marigolds make a nice addition to my garden ,to help with the pest ,but I also keep some of the seeded tops to replant for the following year as well .I haven’t bought any new plants in a long time and I share what I have with friends
I have something eating my marigolds at night, along with my zina are being eaten. Need help.