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This year, along with our SFG, we are going to plant some tomatoes in food grade 5 gallon buckets as well. I was reading up on container gardening and it was mentioned to plant Marigolds in with the tomatoes in order to keep bugs away. I was unaware that Marigolds were a deterrent. Anyone know what bugs the Marigolds keep away? Sounds like a good, natural way to limit some pests.
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I plant Marigolds throughout my garden and the only bug problem I have with my tomatoes is flea beetles! We also have much fewer bugs in the North though.
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I think there is not as much truth to this as some would like to believe.@s1rGr1nG0 wrote:This year, along with our SFG, we are going to plant some tomatoes in food grade 5 gallon buckets as well. I was reading up on container gardening and it was mentioned to plant Marigolds in with the tomatoes in order to keep bugs away. I was unaware that Marigolds were a deterrent. Anyone know what bugs the Marigolds keep away? Sounds like a good, natural way to limit some pests.
Regarding companion planting, there are reasons to plant in such a way,
1) repellent plants
2) trap Plants
3) beneficial plants
... in any case it doesn't always work and is never the silver bullet that some folks make it out to be.
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I agree with Camprn!! That's why I pointed out I'm in the North (the one plus of the short growing season is the lack of bugs there is in the South) I still plant marigolds in with everything because I like the idea!
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I had virtually every kind of bug you could think of last year and I planted dozens of marigolds. They, along with my basil, were the very first thing the bugs ate, and the first thing they went back to as I constantly replanted them.
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I'm in the North and I plant both marigolds and nasturtiums to deter bugs. I don't know if it works but I don't have much of a bug problem. My downfall is blights on tomatoes mostly. I use light row cover over my cole crops against flea beetles and that works great. Then the grasshoppers come and I've got them everywhere. Ugh.
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Here is a previous thread discussing tomatoes and marigolds. There is also a rookie topic out there somewhere that discusses marigolds.
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This is not exactly companion planting related but close enough. I have read in several different places that basil helps to repel mosquitoes. I don't know if it is due to the humming bird size mosquitoes we have or if this is simply a myth but when I go out into the garden during the summer I usually disturb mosquitoes that are sitting under my basil leaves. I would pay 4 times the cost for a basil plant that would repel mosquitoes but the regular basil I have doesn't really have any effect on them.
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I'm in the buggy south and I plant a basil in every bucket of tomatoes. I also spray my tomatoes with an asprin spray during early growth and with copper fungicide to help prevent some blight. Last year I got lucky and had minimum destructive pests on the tomatoes.. Just a boat load of tiny flies that got into the split tomatoes. But they washed right off if I got to them early and the tomatoes were usable. Only the ones I misses got the flies deep into the tomato. I also plant a nasturtium and a marigold in each bed, just cause it might help and they are pretty.
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