Marigolds near veges to deter small critters. - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by floydmaryjo
April 6, 2009
I read that if you plant marigolds near veges they prevent small critters from eating your plants. True? and Why? and any veges you can't marigolds near?

Answer from NGA
April 6, 2009


Marigolds attract beneficial insects and their odor can repel other crittiers. Some gardeners plant marigolds in their vegetable gardens to repel harmful insects. While the marigolds are an attractive addition to the garden, research studies have concluded they aren't effective in reducing insect damage on vegetable crops. So, if you love marigolds, go ahead and plant them, but don't expect their presence to keep your garden critter free.

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