…and marigolds all in a row

French marigolds are commonly used in companion planting, as their root secretions are believed to kill nematodes in the soil, while their strong smell is believed to repel some pests, such as white fly on tomatoes.

I’ve raised several plants this year from a mixed packet of seed, and planted them in front of the tomatoes in the greenhouse, and in the front corners of the terracotta planters in which the dwarf Minibel tomatoes are growing outside.

I love the different patterns in their flowers, and their rich colours.

Marigold: Tagetes patula ‘Bonita’ Mixed

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