Keep Pests Away From Your Garden with Marigolds
Gardening is a wonderful hobby, but keeping pests away from your tomato plants can be a nightmare! If you want to enjoy restaurant-quality vegetables, the bugs need to find a new home. So, how do you get rid of these pests?
There are a few solutions to this problem. One of the best things you can do is contact a professional exterminator for a physical inspection of your yard, flower beds, and vegetable gardens. A one-time treatment will probably be necessary, but continual inspection and treatment is the best way to continually prevent pests.
There is another treatment option that can boost prevention efforts, and it’s gaining in popularity: marigolds!
Why are marigolds important for garden pest control?
Marigolds are a great solution for pesticide-free garden protection. They produce a specific scent called limonene, which has been shown to repel the following insects:
- Tomato hornworms
- Spider mites
- And other garden pests!
Limonene is a component in citrus peels, which is why citrus peels have become a common DIY solution for pests.
Marigolds can attract pollinators.
Marigolds can also help attract bumblebees, important pollinators that can help your garden thrive! Bees prefer single bloom marigolds, rather than the double bloom marigolds.
If you’d prefer to avoid insecticides and other chemicals, buy your marigold seeds from a nursery or organic garden center. Unless they’re specifically labeled as organic, there’s a good chance they have been treated with insecticides, which are bad for your tomatoes and your bees.
Marigolds have other benefits, too!
These flowers have been used in cultures all over the world for centuries, and have a long history of benefits and positive attributes. Other benefits of marigold include:
- Marigolds can actually serve as a kind of trap for Japanese beetles. If you place them on the perimeter of your garden, collect the beetles for a day or so. Shake out your flowers into a bag, and get rid of those beetles!
- Marigolds are known for a strong scent, which most humans find pleasant. Pests and even some predators do not!
- Marigolds also make great companions for other plants, like potatoes, bush beans, broccoli, eggplant, kale, and squash. In addition to French Marigold, Mexican Marigold can be very helpful too.
- Marigolds offer very low-maintenance and can survive frost and droughts. They will grow and flourish for several seasons.
- Marigolds are edible! Try them in soups, stews, rice, or other dishes to add a subtle flavor.
Planting marigolds in your flower beds and vegetable gardens can help to get rid of pests, and they also add beauty and color. If you’re looking for a great DIY solution to support your other pest control treatments, consider planting marigolds this season!