Marigolds in the veg patch

VerdunVerdun Posts: 23,348

Occasionally I plant marigolds in my veg patch.  Sometimes for appearance but also because they apparently deter eelworm and other pests from inhabiting the soil. 

Others do this?  Or anything else?  It's a sort of companion planting one would do in the greenhouse, viz.   marigolds or tagetes with tomatoes for whiteflly



  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    I put tagetes between my tomatoes, not sure if they do anything though, toms seem to be the same with  or without.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,737

    It's supposed to be effective but I've never done it Verd. I expect it also depends how much you grow and what your own conditions are. Tomatoes are better inside here because of our weather but I've not really had issues with far image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    I have grown summer savory this year - supposed to deter black fly off broad beans. I fit wasn't for this lurgy they would have been in by now. Will keep you posted.

    Tagetes does deter white fly, not sure about marigods though but am tryin them this year as well.

    Also bought what DT brown call an aphid mix am going to distribute these among the peas/ beans etc 

    I think its all a case of what suits one area may not suit another. As I say will keep you informed

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    I always have a few marigolds lurking round the veg bed; they look so jolly and I was told that they keep some pests at bay.

  • Outdoor girlOutdoor girl Posts: 286

    I plant marigolds in the veg patch, tagetes in the greenhouse for tomatoes and am just about to put tagetes minutiae (sp!) to try & combat some ground elder. Thanks for the tip about summer savory for broad bean - I sowed lots of summer savory seed and I think every one germinated!

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,095

    I plant French marigolds around the tomatoes, same family as tagetes. Are you talking about them or calendulas? I also plant basil near the tomatoes and nasturtiums around the broad beans. It all looks pretty and so much the better if there are other benefits. You can eat nasturtium flowers in salads anyway. I meant to sow borage as well, forgot to buy the seed, but not too late I think. The flowers are pretty in ice cubes.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,095

    Fill ice cube trays with water, push a borage flower into each cube, put in ice box. Simples!image

  • i have read that Tagetes Sinata attracts Potato Cyst Eelorm's as they prefer this plant to the potato crop, this pest can lie dormant in the soil for up to 20 years, so cannot be controled entirely by rotation and commonly affects allotments, where potatoes are often grown as a ground clearing crop, with the old haums/ damaged potatoes being added to the compost heap, which may compound the problem.  advice from the experts includes, planting the Tagetes as a companion plant, always using certified seed potatoes, a 4 year( or longer) crop rotation, organic soil improvement prefferably by top dressing and a no dig system, and testing the potato crop in July/August by clearing away the soil from the haulm and checking for microscopic white cysys on the haulm ( if these are found dig up the potatoes a.s.a.p.before the damage ruins the entire crop and cut away infected parts of potato before use, discarding the infected parts in the dustbin rather than the compost heap, and clearing away the potato haulms and the Tagettes Sinata (without laying them on the souil surface) and disposing of these in the bin too. hopefully these measures will reduce the amount of damage, allowing  a decent crop to be grown.

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