Why I’m planting lots of tagetes this year – Diary of a Rocket Gardener

I don’t really know why I haven’t ALWAYS grown tagetes in my veg patch. I did last year, and I decided then that I would plant a few extras this year. Here’s why:

  1. I put a few in the greenhouse and didn’t have any problems with aphids on my tomatoes – the scent really is quite strong and helps to deter aphids of all types. I only planted a few outside, but will be planting more, especially with my kale which seemed to get quite a few aphid problems last autumn.
  2. They come in an array of yellows, oranges and reds, and this helps to attract lots of ladybirds which are great for keeping aphid numbers down. It’s like a double aphid control – the scent helps deter aphids, and the ladybirds help eat up any that do sneak in!
  3. They help to attract bees for pollination, and you can’t really get enough bees these days, so the more tagetes, the better!
  4. They look so lovely and bring colour to the veg plot. That may sound silly and pointless, but it’s such a joy to see the splashes of colour amongst all the greens.
  5. They’re really good for filling little jam jars or small vases too – each plant produces so many flowers that you can easily afford to cut a few for decorating the home.