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Hi guysimage lovely afternoon again so seriously sorting out veg beds ,we have planted out the broad beans and looking good on day one the slugs and snails haven't located them yet. But thinking ahead BLACKFLYimage if I scattered marigold seeds (which I gathered last year )all amongst the beans would they when they grow, deter the beasties?



  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,615

    I grew marigolds around my plot last year and I have to say that I didn't suffer with either black or greenfly on my broad or runner beans, the broad beans didn't do too well as I planted them out in may just before the worst frost of the winter which caught me off guard and did for most of the plants. Chocolate spot though now that's a different thing.

  • Thanks Barry so a scattering I will goimage  it's cold here but being on the south coast I sincerely hope that frosts are a thing of the pastimage

  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,615

    I would say that it's too early to sow marigolds into the ground just yet I start mine off indoors in April and the fly won't be about for a while yet so there isn't any hurry.

  • I put my broadband out yesterday....too early? I think I put them out in March last year too? Is it too early to start French beans off in the greenhouse? 

  • That was supposed to be broad beans!!!

  • Hi Catherineimage I'm in the south so a bit lucky with the weather. If the frosts are predicted later I possibly might fleece for the night, but hopefully not.

    I am aim to start runners and French off at Easter but I am little eager sometimesimage  I just can't wait for spring to start springing

    I am following Barry's advice and sowing my marigolds in modules in the greenhouse through I haven't got a clue how to fit them in.As I said I am a bit eager to sow and it's a little overcrowded imagep

  • Ha, ha...I know the feeling, I'm rationing myself this year, just growing things that I've had success with. Really upset that wildlife have eaten the tops of my cosmos seedlings. Any ideas how to control them ?

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    Lady at the GC recommended Tagetes over marigolds for keeping the black fly away, never been a fan of marigolds but the tagetes look quite pretty. Think I'll start them off in the propagator.

  • Are tagettes the ones called french  ,smaller multi blooms,gold and bronze/deep red colours, if so that could be the seeds I collected in the autumnimage

  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    That's the things, smaller than the ones labelled as French marigold, much smaller than the African ones at the GC.

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