Marigolds Can Benefit the Garden

Marigolds have been a bit of a family tradition.  My grandma grew several varieties that she shared with my mom and she passed onto me.

When I was a kid grandma taught me how simple it was to harvest the seeds by sending me through the yard to remove deadheads.

Later she show me how to dry them for the benefit of seeds and how to package and sell.

My mom had a beauty shop where I could pop in and sell my seeds.  I was pretty shy, normally I would just place them in a basket with a little sign and price of .25 cents each.

I still collect the seeds from my own yard but now I stuff them in a jar.

It’s neat to look back at all of Grandma’s lessons because she was always teaching through encouragement.

Planting in Containers

I prefer planting marigolds in planters using the direct seed method. 

These plants love water and their root system will grab water from nearby plants.  

Having them in planters helped my other plants from going hungry when the garden was hot in July and August.

 

Marigold Theories

There are a lot of theories about Marigolds and how they can benefit the garden.  My biggest question was do they really repel insects?

It’s been reported that Marigold nectar can repel certain insects like mosquitoes and some beetles. If used for companion planting they work as a detour for tomato bugs.

 This doesn’t mean you should devour your garden with Marigolds.  Adding some for color is always a nice touch and if they can detour bug even better.

I’ve also read they detract snakes.  Living in Texas in the country we’re bound to see at least one a year.  

Last summer I didn’t see any in the garden and we can only hope it was because of the marigolds. 

Harvesting the Seeds

Harvesting the seeds is very easy.  Wait for the bud to finish blooming and let it dry on the stem the remove.  Basically we call this dead heading. 
 
Make sure they’re dry before storing so you may want to air dry on a cookie sheet for a week.

Store in jars or plastic bags in a cool room and bring out in the spring to add to flower beds. 

Think about introducing this simple little flower in your garden and who knows they could become a part of a new family tradition.

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9 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop. I have been growing marigolds alongside my tomatoes all my life. I don't know if they really repel pests, but I can't imagine my garden without them. It's more of a tradition, for me, so "vintage" is a good word.

    1. That's awesome! I've noticed when I add flowers to my garden I see fewer bugs so who knows. So many theories I just love the color and the happy memories I have with them. thanks for sharing and I'm glad yo stopped by. Join us on Facebook! -Carole

  2. I've always heard they repel garden pests as well, although I'm not sure I've ever seen that benefit that I can tell for certain. I will plant them again this year in the garden as I've read that they *might* assist in repelling squash bugs – the bane of my garden! Plus they're just pretty! My grandmother always planted a small section of her garden in flowers jut for her. Thanks for sharing this post. (visiting from Thrifty Things Friday hop)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

    1. Wow small world I'm just down the road from Wolfe City – Thanks for stopping by today! I didn't mention this in the post but they are also toxic to Rabbits so if you have wild rabbits eating your garden they will take a detour. -Carole

    2. Good to know Carole – we don't have too many rabbits eating the garden since RancherMan fenced it in for me a few years ago. A good thing too since there's rabbits a-plenty out here! Love meeting a new neighbor – HOWDY!

      ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
      Wolfe City, Texas

  3. Great Information! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  4. Ashley says:

    I know this is an older post, but I just found it & wanted to say thanks for sharing!
    As a side note, I have marigolds planted under my dogwood tree, and I just found out I also have a snake living in a hole under my dogwood tree. 🙁 So as far as snakes go, marigolds aren't helping me much! Good thing the flowers are so pretty! 🙂

    1. Isn't that interesting, snakes are a pain! I agree they are pretty; my chickens enjoy the petals too. I've got a couple varieties some grow as tall as 3 ft. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great day! -Carole

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