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Plant Marigolds To Deter Insects

By Boopaints
February 1, 2012

Plant marigolds in your garden- they are wonderful companion plants and will help deter undesirable insects.

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Name: Linda Williams
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LindaTX8
Jan 31, 2012 6:54 PM CST
Good idea...makes me want to get some, but I'll have to wait until it's closer to spring!
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Boopaints
Jan 31, 2012 10:45 PM CST
ME TOO!
It really works though. Hurray!
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SongofJoy
Feb 1, 2012 5:08 AM CST
Yes. I always grow a few in pots that I can move around to different locations as the garden changes. Marigolds are great! They are tough enough to take the blazing sun and high humidity here when summer is in full swing.








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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Feb 1, 2012 3:27 PM CST
And marigolds are easy to grow from seed. They really do deter pesky bugs but will attract butterflies like crazy. Thumbs up

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Well, you get the idea!
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Feb 1, 2012 6:05 PM CST
Chirstine, beautiful images!
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LindaTX8
Feb 1, 2012 9:08 PM CST
Pretty butterflies!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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wildflowers
Feb 2, 2012 7:38 AM CST
Thank you Becky and Linda. Every butterfly that stopped by landed on the marigolds. It was a bonus; since I grew them as companion plants in my garden.
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Chillybean
Aug 19, 2015 1:32 PM CST
Are there certain type of insects they repel? I still had quite a few holes in my cabbage even with marigolds planted around them. Maybe it's a certain type of marigold? We picked up yellow and orange varieties. I am not giving up, but maybe need to do something differently.

Thank you for any suggestions.
Name: Linda Williams
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LindaTX8
Aug 19, 2015 2:39 PM CST
French Marigolds and Mexican Marigolds have some beneficial effects. But don't expect them to totally keep insect pests away! They're really not that good, just useful as one tool among many other things you can do.
http://eartheasy.com/grow_nat_...
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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HemNorth
Oct 5, 2019 12:38 PM CST
LindaTX8 said:French Marigolds and Mexican Marigolds have some beneficial effects. But don't expect them to totally keep insect pests away! They're really not that good, just useful as one tool among many other things you can do.
http://eartheasy.com/grow_nat_...


@LindaTX8 - Thanks very much for this link. I found it helpful and informative.

Regarding slugs and snails: after rain or watering, I find many snails especially, on the move. Sometimes there were 30 or 40 on the concrete patio surrounded by my garden in Robson. Since I feel responsible for introducing them in my garden by purchasing plants from the coast (Vancouver), where eggs can lie in wait in the pots, I gather up the snails in a one gallon bucket usually 20 to 50 at a time. I boil a kettle of water, visualize an instant transition for them to a better after-life, and pour the boiling water over them. I feel that an instant death would be preferable to a lingering death with a saucer of beer, or diatomaceous earth or organic sprays or eggshells. Within 3 to 5 seconds, of the boiling water surrounding them, they are finished. After the water has cooled, disposal can be done in a remote part of the property, or in a bag in the garbage.

I'm sorry if I have offended anyone by this description. Sad

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