Friday, April 15, 2016

M is for Marigolds

I plant marigolds around my tomato plants ever year to help keep the bugs away...I know there's some people on both sides of the argument about whether this works or not, but I don't care.  I like marigolds anyway, they really brighten up the veggie garden.

According to what I read, marigold's roots secrete alpha-terthienyl, a compound which has nematodal and anti-viral properties, and it's supposed to retards the hatching of nematode eggs.

Usually I get French Marigolds, but I can't seem to find them at my local nursery this year. Please excuse me while I rant a bit about the fact that my local nurseries don't carry the 6-pack of flowers anymore, only the 4" pots of individual plants. Arghhh!!! I know its all about the $, but not cool - not cool at all.  And they only had these African Marigolds at both places, so I ended up with those this year.  Not sure how they will work, but they are pretty. I just put a row in the middle of the six tomato plants in the main garden.

Next year I'm going to start my own from seed. That's the only way to get what you really want.


  1. I love companion planting and the marigolds are supposed to help keep away mosquitos too. Nice to meet a fellow gardener. Visiting from atoz

  2. Not a gardener because I'm the original black thumb, but I've read that margolds and tansy keep ants away too.

    Stopping by on A to Z.

  3. I like marigolds too. I do think they may help with the nematodes.

    Visiting from A to Z.