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Topic by MsDebbieP posted 07-27-2012 05:50 AM 2593 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

07-27-2012 05:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plant info companion planting marigolds

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-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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hardiness zone 5b

07-27-2012 06:02 AM

A Great Companion Plant: it keeps the bad nematodes away

From a Harrowsmith book that I have:
  • it is the African Marigold that is apparently the most effective
  • stay away from modern varieties as the “stink” and benefits have been bred out of them plant wide rows in several areas and rotate them each year
  • the effects of the plant lasts about 3 years
  • you won’t see the benefits in the first year
  • let other plants establish in the garden before transplanting the marigolds as they will compete with the other plants
  • (or, give them their own rows)
Other Research
  • whitefiles do not like the smell of marigolds
  • “Mexican marigold (T. minuta) is the most powerful of the insect repelling marigolds and may also overwhelm weed roots such as bind weed! It is said to repel the Mexican bean beetle and wild bunnies! Be careful it can have an herbicidal effect on some plants like beans and cabbage.” (LINK)
  • they attract spider mites and slugs (perhaps keeping them away from other plants??)

I wonder if the Mexican Marigold could be used as a border around spreading herbs such as mint, to keep it contained??

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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07-28-2012 10:20 AM

another link re: properties of Mexican Marigold -and it’s use against bindweed.. (LINK)
apparently the plant grows really tall and doesn’t have any flowers to speak of here in northern climates.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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