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Marigolds: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

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Marigolds not only add a beautiful splash of color in the garden, but make a great companion plant for many vegetables.

How to Grow:

Marigolds can be planted by seed indoors up to 8 weeks before your last spring frost and transplanted outdoors 2 weeks before your last spring frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Marigold seeds are planted 1/2 inch deep, 4 per square foot, in the full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Your seeds should sprout within 14-21 days. You will need to provide your marigolds with consistent moisture.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

Marigold makes an exceptional companion plant because it repels a lot of pests including beetles!

BasilMarjoramBeans (Bush & Pole)
Brussel SproutsPotatoes 
Collard GreensRhubarb 
CornSouthern Peas (Black-Eyed Peas) 
EggplantSummer Squash (Zucchini) 
Goji BerriesTarragon 
KaleTomatoes (Bush & Vine) 

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for marigolds:

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Marigolds will be ready to harvest in approximately 50-90 days. Marigold can be harvested by simply cutting the flower from the stem at any time when in bloom.

Cooking & Eating!

Marigolds are one of many edible flowers that a lot of people aren\’t aware of. You can use the flower to add color and some flavor to your salads or stir fries.


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6 thoughts on “Marigolds: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

  1. Marigolds are actually one of the old school companion plants that we learned about before companion plants were popular, and before we even knew what marigolds were good for. We only knew them as being good for ‘something’.

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