I’ve read about the benefits of marigolds in several gardening books, and am hopeful our little experiment works.
Some of the benefits of planting marigolds in the vegetable garden include:
Marigolds help to repel bugs, especially mosquitoes and gnats.
Marigolds can keep pesky rabbits out of your garden.
Marigolds will keep moles out of your garden, as they dislike the taste of the roots.
Marigolds draw beneficial insects (bees, etc.) into the garden to pollinate the vegetable flowers.
Marigolds draw beneficial insects that will eat up some of the bad bugs you don’t want on your vegetables.
Marigolds won’t crowd your veggies as they grow. Marigolds are good neighbors.
We planted marigolds around the perimeter of our vegetable garden bed two weeks ago:
We’re just starting to add in our vegetables:
We’re planting tomatoes, hot peppers, pumpkins, corn, basil, rosemary, ornamental gourds and nasturtiums. There’s nothing tastier than fresh veggies in the Summertime!
One note of caution: Marigolds attract spider mites which you don’t want in the vegetable garden. We don’t like to use any chemicals on or around our veggies, so any treatment has to be natural and organic. Simply taking a hose to the marigolds will knock the spider mites off, no problem.
Want to learn how easy it was to create our raised vegetable bed? You can click on the image below to get the complete tutorial:
Do you plant flowers among your vegetables?
July 11th update:
After six weeks, I’ve put together an update for you, along with my observations! Click on the image below to read: