7 Reason to Grow Marigolds in The Vegetable Garden

Homifine.com -- Have you ever noticed marigolds growing in vegetable gardens? Marigolds make vegetable garden more visually appealing and colorful. But more than that, marigold (French marigold) is a company plant that get along well with vegetables. It become a secret weapon for keeping the vegetable garden fresh and pest-free. It that all? Discover more in 7 reason to grow marigolds in the vegetable garden.

Reason 1: Marigold is easy to grow and edible

Plant marigolds (Tagetes patula) to increase the diversity and wildlife in your veg garden. This plant grows so easily from seed without disturbing the vegetable that grow around it. Marigolds thrive in any range soil and require plenty of sunlight to flower. They are also edible. You can use the petals to make a soothing herbal tea or add to a salad with other vegetables.

Reason 2: effective at repelling certain pests

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Gardeners frequently use marigolds as a pest repellent naturally. This is because marigolds contain the chemical limoneme. This secretaion at least helps to repel whiteflies around vegetables. Marigolds have also been shown to repel pests such as Mexican bean beetles, squash bugs, thrips, tomato hornworms, and cabbage moths.

Reason 3: Work as a trap crop


Marigold may work as useful trap plants to keep certain pests away from valuable crops. An example is slugs. Slugs love marigold. Keeping marigolds in the vegetable garden will make the slugs eat the marigolds and save the vegetables from damage.

Reason 4: Marigold against harmful nematodes

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Marigold plants produce chemical to fight nematodes. Nematodes are small, roundwarm-like organisms that cause crops to wither and wilt. Nematodes infestation can be difficult to detect, but planting marigolds will help repel nematodes in neighboring plants. 

Reason 5: Marigolds attract pollinators

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Marigolds bloom for a long time, especially from the entire summer and early fall. The flowers will attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. The lovely flowers will be reasource for those pollinators and make the garden look more lively and pleasant.

Reason 6: Add beauty and color

A garden with flowers as bright as marigolds is certainly more beautiful. People will undoubtedly appreciate it. Dont' hesitate to plant marigold in your vegetable garden, as they will add beauty and color to your space. After all, marigolds are neutral plants that don't hurt other plants.

Reason 7: The best companion plant


Marigold can be the best companion plant for vegetable crops. It just as important as the main crop in the garden. Marigolds are said to grow and works well as companion  for vegetables plants such as melons, cabbages, cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpikins, beans, onions, squash, lettuce, broccoli, cabbages, and more.

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