Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Newbie in North Carolina!
by glennhouston Today at 7:59 pm

» 15 bean soup mix - can the beans be used for planting?
by noomi Today at 6:51 pm

» N & C Midwest--It is JUNE!!!! Garden Time!
by South Face Today at 6:18 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 5:57 pm

» New England June 2017
by CapeCoddess Today at 4:03 pm

» Recommendations for balcony plants
by susan35332 Today at 2:49 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 1:20 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by AtlantaMarie Today at 12:54 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JUNE 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 12:33 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 12:33 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 12:32 pm

» New Green House
by Hoggar Today at 12:28 pm

» to mulch or not to mulch
by sanderson Today at 11:40 am

» Red plastic tomato trays, anyone?
by sanderson Today at 11:19 am

» Pesticide use?
by CapeCoddess Today at 10:29 am

» who has chickens
by sanderson Today at 10:23 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by trolleydriver Today at 9:53 am

» Bug Identification
by Robbomb116 Today at 9:17 am

» Coconut Coir
by Jenex Today at 7:58 am

» Hail Damage (Pics) - Am I in Trouble?
by Fiz Today at 7:44 am

» table identity
by llama momma Today at 7:34 am

» update pics
by llama momma Today at 7:29 am

» Pea blight
by cyclonegardener Yesterday at 11:38 pm

» Plans for 2017 revisited
by Judy McConnell Yesterday at 1:48 pm

» What won't you grow next year or are still trying to grow??
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:13 pm

» It's Kefir Time
by hammock gal Yesterday at 12:15 pm

» Does the SFG concept work for perennials?
by Judy McConnell Yesterday at 8:30 am

» Questions on vegetable plants that require vertical support
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 8:10 am

» Baby Food
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:56 am

» Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your garlic grow?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:39 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Marigolds-Good or Bad?

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  lisaphoto on 3/20/2010, 9:26 am

So I have read conflicting reports on Marigolds in the garden. Some say they protect other plants from pests. Others say they attract more pests. So, should I put them in the garden or not?
avatar
lisaphoto

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2010-03-04
Age : 35
Location : Lebanon, Ohio (near Cincinnati)

View user profile http://www.MomentsToRememberPhotography.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/20/2010, 9:37 am

Do you like Marigolds? Then yes.

Slugs like marigolds. If you have slugs they will start eating the marigolds before they eat the basil. They will leave their shinny path right on the open flower. If you go out at night you can find easily find them before they find your basil or whatever else you want to harvest later.

Deborah ....who isn't crazy about marigolds but does love her basil
avatar
Lavender Debs

Posts : 2054
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Everett, WA USA

View user profile http://songs-of-coming-rain.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  timwardell on 3/20/2010, 10:26 am

It might depend on where you are. I plant marigolds every year somewhere in my garden. I've never had a problem with slugs (maybe they don't care for the Texas heat) nor have I noticed an increase in bad bugs because of them. ... Sounds like you're still getting conflicting information. The only way to find out is to try them ...or not. Wink
avatar
timwardell

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-03-02
Location : Frisco, Texas

View user profile http://www.timwardell.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  nancy on 4/13/2010, 1:26 pm

Lisa - what did you decide about marigolds?
avatar
nancy

Female Posts : 595
Join date : 2010-03-16
Location : Cincinnati, Ohio (6a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  Patty from Yorktown on 4/13/2010, 2:43 pm

Hi,
I like marigolds and in Virginia they grow to be small bush sized in a single season. I have not notice a bug problem, as they are supposed to chase away bugs. As far as I know not much will eat them. They are a good plant to learn how to harvest seeds from and the flowers make a lovely dye.
Patty from Yorktown
avatar
Patty from Yorktown

Posts : 350
Join date : 2010-03-05
Location : Yorktown, Virginia

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  nancy on 4/13/2010, 2:48 pm

Thanks Patty! I garden at a community garden and the woman whose plot is next to mine gave me an envelope FULL of marigold seeds that she collected last year. I'm happy to share with anyone who would like some. There must be thousands of seeds in there! I'm tempted to put some in this week.
avatar
nancy

Female Posts : 595
Join date : 2010-03-16
Location : Cincinnati, Ohio (6a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  lisaphoto on 4/13/2010, 5:33 pm

well, I already have them started, so I think I am going to put a few on my front porch, and maybe one or two in pots around my sfg but not in it
avatar
lisaphoto

Female Posts : 361
Join date : 2010-03-04
Age : 35
Location : Lebanon, Ohio (near Cincinnati)

View user profile http://www.MomentsToRememberPhotography.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  camprn on 4/13/2010, 6:33 pm

I plan on planting quite a lot of the Pot Marigold (Calendula) http://www.dratiq.co.uk/essentials.html



and nasturtium http://www.herbalgardens.com/archives/articles-archive/nasturtiums.html.



Both are edible and lovely in the garden. The nasturtium blossom is peppery in flavor. The standard american marigold is a good trap plant for the slugs. Lupines are a great trap plant for aphids.
avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  nancy on 4/21/2010, 1:34 pm

How many nasturtiums do you plant per square? I bought the wrong kind - the package I bought last night grows to 6 feet - I read it as 6 inches. Oops! I assume there is a dwarf variety?

Thanks!
avatar
nancy

Female Posts : 595
Join date : 2010-03-16
Location : Cincinnati, Ohio (6a)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds - good or bad?

Post  ander217 on 4/21/2010, 3:51 pm

This is a good companion-planting site: http://www.ghorganics.com/page2.html

It says that marigolds can be good or bad, depending what they are planted next to. They repel whiteflies and nematodes, but they attract slugs and spider mites. They exude a substance from their roots that is not good for beans and can even act herbicidal in stronger varieties.

The more scented the flower, the better the pest control, so Mexican marigolds are better than French marigolds for controlling whiteflies.
avatar
ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 62
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  timwardell on 4/21/2010, 3:58 pm

@nancy wrote:How many nasturtiums do you plant per square? I bought the wrong kind - the package I bought last night grows to 6 feet - I read it as 6 inches. Oops! I assume there is a dwarf variety?
Thanks!
Yes there is a smaller variety that only grows 12" high. I'm growing both the short version and a vining type that will get 6-8 feet tall.
avatar
timwardell

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-03-02
Location : Frisco, Texas

View user profile http://www.timwardell.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  desertgirl on 4/21/2010, 7:31 pm

But they attract bees,right?
avatar
desertgirl

Female Posts : 49
Join date : 2010-04-18
Age : 47
Location : Albuquerque,NM

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Do marigolds attract bees?

Post  ander217 on 4/22/2010, 8:31 am

Apparently only single-bloom varieties, not double-flower types, attract bees.

Here is an excerpt from an informative site, www.pollinatorparadise.com which states, (click on the Solitary Bee Web link to find it)

First, avoid horticultural plants that are described as "double". This usually means that the plant has been selected to develop extra petals instead of anthers. So there will be little or no pollen available for bees. All bees need pollen as food for their offspring, and will not be attracted to double flowers unless they happen to produce lots of nectar. Marigolds, mums, many roses, etc. will attract few bees species unless you plant the single varieties.

There are many different types of bees which can pollinate plants, and some will be attracted to one type of flower, while others cannot benefit from that particular one. Bumble bees love the borage in my garden, while I often see honeybees in my squash flowers. I had wondered why I never saw bees on my giant red zinnias, now I know why.
avatar
ander217

Female Posts : 1450
Join date : 2010-03-16
Age : 62
Location : Southeastern Missouri (6b)

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  timwardell on 4/22/2010, 9:52 am

@Ander - Great link! Thanks for sharing this. Very Happy ...just noticed there's no bee emoticon. bummer. seems like a garden blog would have one. I'll speak to the management.
avatar
timwardell

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-03-02
Location : Frisco, Texas

View user profile http://www.timwardell.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Marigolds-Good or Bad?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum