What are the benefits of planting marigolds in your vegetable garden?
I can't remember, but I think it is an aid to detering carrot root fly. I think that it is calendula, not, tagetes for the efffect.
I was told maybe 10 years ago that deer do not like marigolds... the smell and taste, so maybe they will deter the deer. Deer love just about anything when they are hungry... they even ate my rose garden-thorns and all one year. Bunny Rabbits may not like marigolds either...they do have a distinct odor... never ate any... did eat the pansies though.. they are pretty good... no pun intended.. Also chili powder works, but it gets washed off, so you have to reapply...
Everyone wants to eat the same things we do...:-))
Okay my grandfather always planted them around his vegetable garden 1. to bring good luck to his garden 2. to deter deer and insects due to the strong odor (didn't work) 3. They are edible whether he ate them I do not know. However they due add pretty colors to the mostly green garden. Then my mom always said in the 1800's they planted marigolds around the houses and vegetable gardens as a bug repellent. I am going to say the benefit is the beauty and scent they add.
Benefits of planting marigolds in my vegetable garden are:
They look amazing, so you love to go to your vegetable garden.
They are cheap comparatively to other plants.
They have different colors.
Their colors, shapes, sizes, everythimg is amazin.
These are the reasons, why I like to grow marigolds in my vegetable garden.
My grandmother used to say marigold does not only repel insects but snakes as well. I have always planted them around the house for that purpose.
Marigolds help natually repel the insects that feed on and destroy your plants, while leaving the benefcial insects to do their job in rotating, enriching and aerating your soil. Marigolds are particularly benefcial to tomatoes and roses; those that are most susceptible to insect erosion. I've actually written a "green tip" about natural insect repellents, of which marigold takes a staging role. I will try to get it posted in the near future.
They add a good splash of color to the garden. When we had a garden, we would use them as a border around the perimeter to ward off bugs. We also kept ducks who also helped to pick the bugs off the veggies and the marigolds.
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