Marigolds are an easy flower to grow from seed and produce plenty of bright, yellows, oranges and reds to create a beautiful kaleidoscope in any flower bed. Did you know, they also make a great addition to any vegetable garden for companion planting purposes? I have read and have been told that marigolds work great for fighting everything from pests to rodents. While I have not experienced either of those myself, I have seen an increase of pollinators in and around my garden beds.
What I like to do is plant a border perimeter around my garden beds where I plant my tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. I take some marigold seeds (it’s cheaper if you do this with seeds which is why we send out marigolds in the Seeds of the Month Club) and sprinkle them on the edge of each garden bed. Eventually they will grow out producing lots of marigolds which really brighten up the gardens.
Marigolds also grow great in containers as well. I have them growing in planter boxes and pots on my patio. They love the hotter weather so remember to water them more often if you do grow them in smaller containers as the soil will dry out quickly.
Add Marigolds to Your Vegetable Garden
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I keep saying it is cheaper if you start them from seed because a flat of marigolds around here (New Jersey) is around $8.00 and a pack of marigold seeds which will yield about 5 times more than the flats is around $1.29. You can see the cost savings immediately. If your growing season is short you will need to start your marigold seeds earlier indoors or in a greenhouse, but the effort you put into growing marigolds are well worth it. I highly recommend that you add growing marigolds among your vegetables.
Take a look at the video I created on the marigolds that I am growing.
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