how to plant marigolds in vegetable garden

how to plant marigolds in vegetable garden

Planting Marigolds in Your Vegetable Garden

Marigolds, with their vibrant orange, yellow, and red flowers, are a great addition to any vegetable garden. Not only do they look beautiful, they have great pest-controlling properties, helping to keep away bad bugs and ward off pests. Here’s how to plant marigolds in your vegetable garden:

Getting Started

  1. Choose a spot in your garden to plant your marigolds. Make sure that they will get 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day.
  2. Test the soil pH, and adjust it to 6.5-7.1
  3. Dig a hole for your plants that’s about 7-10 cm deep.


  1. Position one plant in each hole, and cover the roots with soil.
  2. Water the plants until well-established, making sure that the whole root system is covered.
  3. Firm the soil around the plants and water again.
  4. Mulch the plants with straw, compost, or wood chips.

Caring For Your Marigolds

  1. Check the soil around the marigolds at least 2-3 times a week and water as needed.
  2. Deadhead the flowers as they wilt, to promote new ones.
  3. Apply a general-purpose fertilizer once in spring and again in mid-summer.
  4. Watch out for aphids, whiteflies, and other bugs.
  5. Remove wilted or dead plants to reduce the spread of disease.

Enjoy Your Marigolds

Marigolds are beautiful, easy to grow, and have many benefits for your vegetable garden. With a little care, you can enjoy their vibrant blooms all season long!

1 You can use a test kit to measure the soil pH, or get your soil tested professionally.

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