Marigolds keep the rabbits out of your garden; well maybe that’s just an old wives tale, but there are good reasons for the title to this post. Marigolds are one of the major plants used in companion planting. This is the practice of growing various plants and vegetables next to each other so that one attracts pests away from the other. I came across an article by Mike Podlesny over on his Average Person Gardening website which explains how to use marigolds to the best effect.
Not too long ago, we included the marigold variety, sparky (part of tagetes patula), in one of our Seeds of the Month Club shipments to various zones throughout the United States. We received a lot of feedback, mostly good, and others questioning why they were receiving a flower in the shipment.
If you have been gardening for quite sometime you have more than likely heard of companion planting and how growing various plants near each other is beneficial to those plants. Planting flowers among your vegetables, fruits and herbs may be beneficial as well, and marigolds are usually that flower staple in a lot of gardens.
I have read in many publications that marigolds do a wonderful job of keeping away various harmful insects such as aphids, which as you may know, aphids can destroy an entire crop in no time. This particular variety of marigold that we sent out does a great job in attracting beneficial insects such as hoverflies which feed on aphids.
While I can not say that I scientifically studied the positive effects of growing marigolds in my garden, if for nothing else, the vibrant yellows, reds and oranges of the marigolds added a wonderful ?illumination? to my gardening area.The recommended planting location for marigolds to best suit its benefits is on the perimeter of your garden beds. For example, I have a lot of 4? x 4? and 4? x 8? garden beds. I will plant the marigolds on the outside perimeter of those beds, and grow my veggies, fruits and herbs on the inner portion.
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