This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, August 05, 2006


I always plant marigolds in the corners of my raised vegetable beds. They usually grow keep blooming into November. The roots of marigolds contain a substance that is toxic to certain types of soil pests (nematodes). Marigolds are considered good companion plants for lots of vegetables, including beans, basil, cabbage and cucumbers. But I mostly like the way they add color to the garden.



Blogger Sigrun said...

I have also a raised bed. That is a good idea, to plant mariegolds in the four courners. It is also good against slugs and snails.


August 08, 2006 10:05 AM

Blogger l.m.b.frank said...

i do this too. i love the color and the bees like the blooms.
i always heard that you should plant marigolds with your tomatoes.

March 06, 2010 3:44 PM

Anonymous Donna Lynn said...

I have always heard that it was good to plant marigolds in the vegetable garden but I was not sure why. Good information. I planted some in my garden this year and so far it is doing prety good, tomatoes are just getting going.

June 21, 2010 9:58 PM

Anonymous buy ghost chili said...

Ya I was always told to plant marigolds next to tomatoes as well.

April 03, 2011 3:47 PM


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