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Why Are Marigolds Good For Vegetable Gardens?

Why Are Marigolds Good For Vegetable Gardens

A question? Why are marigolds good for vegetable gardens?

As a kid growing up watching my parents tend to their extensive vegetable gardens, I always marveled at the color in the gardens.

They planted marigolds and back then, I always figured it was just part of the vegetable growing process.

Actually, it was. But the thing is, not many people realize what an ally a marigold and similar plants to it, are to a vegetable garden.

Typically, marigolds are planted in the garden for their bright colors and to help control insect pests. They can also be used as a natural fertilizer.

Marigolds are perfect plants for your vegetable garden because they help control insects that eat plants like cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes. They emit a natural pesticide called pyrethrum which is an organic insecticide.

They’re also a natural fertilizer that will break down the soil on which they’re grown, adding minerals like nitrogen to your vegetables’ roots which help them grow healthy and strong.

Marigolds also have flowers that attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which is good for the other plants in the garden.

Why are marigolds good for vegetable gardens? The bottom line is, marigolds are great for your garden. Do you know what the marigold said to the vegetables? “Hey, I’m not just a pretty face you know”.

Types Of Marigolds And Which One Is Right For Your Vegetable Garden?

raised bed of vegetables featuring marigolds
A raised bed of vegetables featuring marigolds

Marigolds are a type of plant that is loved by many gardeners because of the different types that are available. There are two types you can grow, annual and perennial.

Annual marigolds bloom in the summer and die at the end of the season. They will need to be replanted each year. These plants will do well in areas with warm climates that only experience a short frost period during winter.

Perennial marigolds live for more than one year and they come back each year without replanting them again.

These plants produce flowers from spring to fall, but their blooms last longer when grown in warmer climates with long summers.

So, which marigolds are best for a vegetable garden? The answer depends on where you want to grow them and how much time you want to spend tending to them. If you want to enjoy the beauty of your garden all year round, go for perennials.

But if you don’t mind planting them every year, annuals are the way to go.

  • Plant marigolds in full sun or partial shade. You may even find marigolds that tolerate some shade.
  • Plant them in fertile soils rich in nutrients.
  • Water regularly until the soil dries out.

How To Grow Marigolds In Your Vegetable Garden

Marigolds among cabbages
Marigolds among cabbages

To grow marigolds in your vegetable garden, first decide what kind of marigolds you would like to grow. This decision should depend on what you plan to use them for.

If you want to enjoy beautiful flowers throughout the entire summer, choose annual marigolds. To reap the benefits of marigolds’ natural pesticides, choose perennial varieties.

If you’d rather get started right away, you can buy marigold seeds online or order them through nurseries.

Here’s a little “crash course” on planting marigolds even if you want to grow the in areas other than your vegetable garden.

When planting these seeds, space them about 1 foot apart in rows spaced 2 feet apart. Marigolds prefer moist soil so make sure to water them well after planting.

As soon as the weather warms up, start fertilizing your marigolds by applying compost tea or manure. Fertilize once per month for the first few months until the plants begin producing seed pods.

You’ll notice that the pods will turn brown as they mature. Once the pods turn brown, harvest the seeds and store them in a dry location for future use.

Once the marigold seeds are ready, sow them outdoors in early spring. Seeds germinate within three to four weeks.

Seedlings should be transplanted into individual pots before being placed in the ground.

Once your marigolds reach maturity, remove the dead stems and leaves.

You can either let the plants flower naturally or cut off the flowers to encourage new growth.

This method works especially well if you’re growing marigolds specifically for their foliage.

Where Do I Get Marigolds From?

Marigolds are good for vegetable gardens
Marigolds can enhance the appearance of any vegetable garden

The first step is to find a flower shop near you. Look for places that offer wholesale prices or, alternatively, bulk purchases—so you can get the best deal.

If you’re looking for marigolds in particular, it might be helpful to search for shops that specialize in flowers instead of general gardening supplies.

Alternatively, you could try asking at local farmers markets. They often sell small quantities of different kinds of seeds, including marigolds.

And obviously, shopping online for marigolds is a “no-brainer”.

Online shopping is part and parcel of our everyday living. I will go online but only until I have exhausted local avenues. 

It’s nice to support local business right?

Why Are Marigolds Good For Vegetable Gardens? Conclusion

Marigolds control insect pests in a vegetable garden
Marigolds help control insect pests in a vegetable garden

Marigolds are easy to care for, but they do require plenty of attention.

They need ample sunlight to produce bright blooms.

And although they thrive in warm temperatures, they won’t bloom unless there is some shade during the hottest hours of the day.

But don’t worry, because the beauty of marigold blossoms lasts all year long.

So if you’ve been thinking about adding marigolds to your vegetable garden this season, take heart!

You’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of these cheerful blooms well into the season.

And for those of you with indoor vegetable gardens, yes, you can add a marigold or two to it. I know space is limited especially in pots and containers but a marigold off to the side can be of huge benefit.

Finally, I love to hear advice from gardeners who have a traditional way of doing things.

Maybe it’s something that’s been passed on through generations. Do you mind sharing a little.

Why are marigolds good for vegetable gardens? Leave a comment below. Yes, if you have a favorite marigold story and don’t mind sharing, we look forward to hearing it.

Growing up on a farm gave me and my family some huge advantages. One of them was learning to grow our own food. Apart from acres and acres of crops, we had a magnificent fruit and vegetable garden plus, we canned our own food. I’m hoping to pass on some of this expertise and experience to you.

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