Marigold seedlings

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I only put marigold seeds in 2 days ago and they are sprouting already! Can't help but feel so excited to grow them! I'm hoping to repel "bad" insects, whilst attracting more butterflies and bees 😁




 

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So what bad insects do marigolds repel?
I have the worse slater problem I cannot figure out what to do with them :(
 

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@Mark Seaton it's more that it attacts good insects that kill the bad insects. A good example is that it could attract ladybugs, which kill aphids and more. It's a win-win to nature and your garden :D
 

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Here’s a 2017 article that suggests as of that time, the only scientifically verified impact they have is on root nematodes but does also suggest that, as @Mandy Onderwater notes, they attract beneficial insects. They inhibit nematode eggs hatching, which disrupts the life cycle…of course then the marigolds have to be in the ground ahead of the crop you want to protect.

A bit more poking around shows lots of anecdotal evidence that they help…at the least it is unlikely to hurt having them around.
 

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So what bad insects do marigolds repel?
I have the worse slater problem I cannot figure out what to do with them :(
I don't know if this will help you, but I looked up slaters (woodlice) in an organic gardening book I have and this is all they suggested.

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Yeah thanks, I have the problem where I mulch the garden and use a lot of garden waste for compost etc, so I get a lot of slaters. I really wouldn't mind if they just stuck to the rotting debris etc. But there are certain seedlings that they absolutely love and if I plant them they will be gone the next day. one being luffa. It took me 2 years to figure out it was slaters and not snails :-( . The next problem I have is that they seem to hang around and do their thing, but then might get bored one night and ring bark my veges so they basically drop dead within days just when they are about to fruit.
I have done some research and it is pointing to an endemic problem in West Australia of late. It would be good if I could find and attract a bird or something that could control them, I have thought about chooks, but they can be a handful when you don't have a lot of time and I did think about ducks a while ago to try and drop the snail numbers around here too. There may be a future business for someone that is enterprising, to hire out chooks and ducks for a week or so to control pests and then you don't have to worry after that :p
 

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I only put marigold seeds in 2 days ago and they are sprouting already! Can't help but feel so excited to grow them! I'm hoping to repel "bad" insects, whilst attracting more butterflies and bees 😁




Good on you Mandy, I planted some although I'm not sure if they survived our recent biblical rain! I am also looking at putting in borders of flowers for pollinators this year around my veggie garden :)
 

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Good on you Mandy, I planted some although I'm not sure if they survived our recent biblical rain! I am also looking at putting in borders of flowers for pollinators this year around my veggie garden :)
I hope they'll live!
Yeah! We need pollinators in our garden, so helping them out and giving them an interesting place to frequently visit is a win-win!
 
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