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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?
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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
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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
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Post  nancy on 4/13/2010, 1:26 pm

Lisa - what did you decide about marigolds?
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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.
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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. Marigolds-Good or Bad? Icon_smile
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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
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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

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

Marigolds-Good or Bad? Nasturtium

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.
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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?

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

But they attract bees,right? Marigolds-Good or Bad? Icon_question
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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.
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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.
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