The Ultimate Garden Companion
Marigolds, also known as calendula, are a garden staple across the world and they have been used as a companion plant to improve gardening success for many other plants, including herbs, vegetables, and other flowers.
BEAUTY AND FRAGRANCE
The most common colors you will find in a native marigold will be bright yellow and bright orange flower petals with dark green foliage. These bright colored flower petals are ideal for a garden because they are easy for pollinators to find as they fly by.
In addition, the fragrance of the marigold flowers are also perfect for the garden because not only is it enjoyable to experience as a gardener, but pest insects and rabbits can't stand the scent! This is great news for the gardener because this means these amazing plants are natural pest repellents.
Often overlooked, the flower petals of marigolds are edible! You can add the petals to salads, or you can add the petals to hot water and let them steep into marigold tea. The tea is known to help cases of indigestion and menstrual discomfort. Beyond their edibility, they also have topical medicinal benefits. There are many homemade recipes available to create topical solutions with marigold petals to heal cuts and improve skin irritation such as eczema, as well as other wounds and rashes on the skin.
Sure, marigolds can help people with some of their ailments but their main claim to fame is how they assist other plants in your garden. As mentioned earlier, marigolds bring beneficial insects to your garden with their bright colors while keeping out the pests with the flower's strong aroma. The marigold plant also improves the soil for surrounding plants by producing organic soil enrichment nutrients through their roots. This is particularly helpful for potatoes, carrots, onions, and other root vegetables.
For those plants and vegetables that grow above the ground, you can expect to see beneficial results planting marigold seeds near broccoli, basil, various lettuces, peppers, tomatoes, melons, beans and much more!
THE ULTIMATE COMPANION
We recommend directly sowing marigold from seed because they are not the happiest plant when transplanted. This is more good news for the gardener because all you have to do is put some marigold seeds in your garden and they will do the rest! We believe easy gardening is always the best gardening. So if you're in love with marigolds as much as we are, you're in luck! TheGardenersShop.com carries marigold seeds and we ship direct to you in 5 to 10 days. Order now to start improving your gardening success now!