How close to Plant Marigolds to Vegetables
Marigolds are a bright and cheerful flower for your vegetable garden, but how close should you plant them to your vegetables? Here are some things to keep in mind.
Benefits of Planting Marigolds Near Vegetables
Marigolds offer several benefits for vegetable gardens. These include:
- Deterring Pests – Marigolds help control garden pests like aphids, cabbage worms, nematodes, and Mexican bean beetles, among others.
- Cultivating Healthy Soil – Marigolds spread through their roots a beneficial bacteria called Azatobacter. This bacteria helps increase the nitrogen in your soil.
- Adding Colour and Beauty – Planting marigolds near your vegetables gives your garden an extra burst of colour and beauty.
Distance to Plant Marigolds
Typically, marigolds should not be planted directly next to vegetables. They should be planted 1 to 3 feet away from them. Marigolds should never be planted directly in the drip line of the vegetable plant. This is the area around the plant where the water and fertilizer flow away from the plant. Placing marigolds in this area could cause them to compete with the vegetable for water and nutrients.
Consider the type of marigolds you wish to plant. Tall marigolds, such as African marigolds, can grow quite tall. Therefore, several feet should be allowed between them and your vegetables. The more compact marigolds such as the French marigolds are only 6 to 12 inches tall and require less space.
Marigolds are a beneficial addition to the vegetable garden and can help protect your vegetables from pests and add beauty to your garden. When planting marigolds near your vegetable plants, make sure to consider the type of marigolds and give them some space; they should be planted at least 1 to 3 feet away from your vegetables.