Marigolds are a favorite among organic gardeners for a number of reasons, including pest control, soil improvement, and, of course aesthetics. Why should you grow marigolds?
Pest control: Marigolds contain natural compounds that repel pests such as aphids, whiteflies, and harmful worsm. Planting marigolds alongside other crops can help deter these pests without the need for harmful pesticides.
Soil improvement: Marigolds are known for their ability to improve soil health. They release a chemical called alpha-terthienyl that can help to suppress harmful soil-borne pathogens and nematodes, while also attracting beneficial insects that aid in pollination and pest control.
Attracting pollinators: Marigolds produce brightly colored flowers that attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. This asset of the flowers can help to increase the yield of other crops in the garden.
Aesthetics: Marigolds come in a range of colors and sizes, making them a popular choice for adding color and interest to the garden. Simply put, these are beautiful flowers!
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