Companion planting for veg

If I want to use calendula to help keep the bugs from my veg, must they be the original species officianalis, or can I use prettier ones. Don't much like the old ones, although I believe they are the only ones to use to make my own handcream! 


  • LynLyn Posts: 8,404

    Last year (which was my first growing year for veg) i grew seeds of pretty tagetes and nasturtiums,  I grew some pots of chives and put around in the carrot patch.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,698

    so long as they're single flowers ( nice and open so the bees can get to the pollen) not closed centred double flowers, most flowers can be used to attract beneficial insects.

  • djjjukdjjjuk Posts: 212

    i shall be attempting to do the same as you this year. i have officinalis, tagetes tenuifola and french, which i planned to stick with/around the tomato and potato areas.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    I grew Tagetes in the greenhouse last year in an attempt, to keep whitefly off the tomatoes.  It was  partly successful: they attacked the peppers instead. image 

    I tend to encourage Calendula (the wild ones) in the veg garden to attract hoverflies but I have no real info on how effective they are.  Feverfew as well.


    And that reminds me - it's time I sowed some seeds for this year!

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