9 Benefits of Planting Marigolds With Your Vegetables

Easy to Grow and Maintain

Growing and caring for marigolds is simple. They flourish with abundance of sun, not soil or location! The blooms blossom in early spring and last till frost.

Create Biodiversity in Your Garden

Helping my parents construct and manage a central Texas hobby farm taught me about companion planting and biodiversity. I saw the necessity and genuine advantages of variety in a vegetable garden.

Protect Against Harmful Nematodes

Every continent (including Antarctica) has nematodes, small roundworms. They live in deserts, marshes, seas, the tropics, even your garden. Nematodes are tiny and translucent, making them inconspicuous.

Attract Pollinators

Pollinators are essential to your food garden, and marigolds attract them. Good news: once pollinators are in your garden, they'll be more likely to pollinate other plants.

Attract Butterflies

French marigolds' yellow and orange colors attract butterflies. Since the flowers are large, they may sit comfortably and drink nectar from the numerous florets.

Attract Predatory Insects

In my experience, natural predatory insects are the finest pest control.  Ladybugs, parasitic wasps, hoverflies, lacewings, and dragonflies love to eat vegetable-eating bugs.

An Effective Trap Crop for Some Pests

It's useful to realize that flowers have several uses when garden space is limited. Marigolds also trap bugs to protect your food.

Repel Some Pests

Mature marigolds confuse pests well. Marigolds' strong aroma may disguise the scent of many vegetables, rendering them inconspicuous to tomato hornworms, cabbage moths, and beetles.

Repels Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are my only summer complaint. I get enormous itching welts from bites, therefore I've been clever in protecting myself. As an organic gardener, I was thrilled to learn that marigolds repel mosquitoes!