If your garden only has vegetables, it is so boring, right? To make your garden more attractive and more vivid, you can grow some beautiful flowers. Most of your maybe don’t know that growing vegetable with flower will bring some benefits such as increases to yield or keeps plants healthy. And in the post today, we want to write about the marigold flower. To know why we want to share this flower, let read them below.
All species that have a family with this flower are so easy to grow, they can grow well in any condition, as long as they are planted in areas of full sun. Don’t stop that, they are also one of the edible plants to help your dishes more colorful and more delicious. In addition, they have a lot of uses in the home as well as in the garden such as they attract bees and other pollinators, repel certain pests, against harmful nematodes, make essential oil, useful for soap making, and more. With a list of good uses, the marigold is deserved to have s space in your garden!
#1 Easy to Grow
Marigolds will grow in a wide range of soil types and conditions. All they really demand is plenty of sunlight. As long as you plant them in areas of full sun.
#2 Edible Plant
The petals of French marigolds can also be added as decoration to cupcakes or other baked goods and used decoratively in a whole host of other ways in your kitchen. The petals can be added to a range of salads
#3 Against Harmful Nematodes
Marigolds are famously excellent as a companion plant. They help their neighbors is by killing nematodes that can cause problems for crops.
#4 Attract Bees and Other Pollinators
Marigolds can bloom over quite a long period of time. Their blooms are therefore an excellent resource for bees and pollinators throughout the growing season.
#5 Attract Predatory Insects
Marigolds don’t just draw in those pollinators, they also draw in insects to help you in organic pest control. They can help to bring in ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies, parasitic mini-wasps, and other predatory insects that will eat aphids and other pests that can damage your crops.
#6 Effective Trap Crop
Marigolds may also be somewhat effective as a trap crop for certain pest species. A trap crop is a crop that lures pests to them, to keep them away from other, more valuable crops.
#7 Repel Certain Pests
Marigolds may repel certain pests such as cabbage moths and Mexican bean beetles. And scientists have determined that marigolds secretion of limonene can help (at least a little) in repelling whiteflies.
#8 Attract Butterflies
Marigolds can also be a great plant choice for attracting butterflies to your garden.
#9 Make Natural Yellow Food Colouring
Marigold petals can impart a natural yellow coloring to food. They can be used in soups, stews, etc., or to make a natural colored icing for cakes or confectionery.
#10 Make a Natural Fabric Dye
The intense pigment in the petals can also be used to make a natural dye for fabrics. Marigolds are wonderful for dyeing natural fabrics like silk, cotton, hemp, wool, etc.. They will not stick as successfully to synthetic fabrics.