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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Marigolds are ready.

We planted marigolds at four locations. A group of marigolds becomes companion to ginger (lengkuas specie). Another group planted in diagonal alignment share the bed with celosia and spinach. Another two clusters are planted at both end of vegetable bed where roselles and quartet veggies are...

The cluster of marigolds at one end of veggie bed is ready to bloom. It will not be long .... Soon there will be yellow dots all over!!...

Pest don't seem to bother marigolds. Slugs and Snails are kept at bay with pinkish poison pellets .







22 comments:

  1. Tagetes or Marigold is a very useful plant with the advantage of having very pretty flowers. In the home vegetable garden it is commonly planted to dispel certain insects. Have you planted Tagetes for that purpose?

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  2. I plant Marigolds to deter damaging nematodes.

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  3. Marigold - 'many gold' everywhere in your garden.

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  4. According to Wikipedia:

    Marigold petals are considered edible. They are often used to add color to salads, and marigold extract is commonly added to chicken feed to produce darker egg yolks. Their aroma, however, is not sweet, and resembles the smell of hops in beer. The oil from its seed contains calendic acid.

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  5. Not all snails read the book, I have seen snails clean out an entire marigold box!!

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  6. All these photos look similar the those of the chilly, small, and ready to bloom in my garden.

    Can't wait to see your marigold in fully bloom.

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  7. Salam Bangchik and Kakdah, is that from ulam raja? :)

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  8. > Titania
    > Prospero
    > Belle
    > Marie
    > Ocean Girl
    > Janet
    > Rainnie

    I really appreciate comments and notes from you. It adds up the my limited knowledge on flowers.

    Yes TITANIA, I planted marigolds for two reasons, one to add colour to my otherwise green vegetable bed and two, I read somewhere about marigolds having roots excellent in combating soil borne disease that has been disturbing our tomatoes in the past as PROSPERO explains.

    They are meant to create some form of gold dots all over the place. Yes BELLE, they clean up soil borne bacteria for us.

    Wait until they bloom with golden flowers, MARIE, that will be even a better sight to look and shoot!

    Thanks for the info OCEAN GIRL, but I am not too sure if kakdah willing to have flowers in salad or ulam. But she does eat chives and pak choy flowers... haha.

    Say what we like about snails, the way they battle up with marigolds, eating and munching every single leaf. Snails make us ready all the time, on the alert mode! and therefore marigolds will receive unending attention from gardeners. I have gone through the war with snails over marigolds, dear JANET... I use pink poison pellets as bullets.

    How's Penang RAINNIE? FJL put buah pinang as the focal point in her latest post, just to let you know. Chili and marigolds has buds almost similar in their upward orientation.

    Cheers,
    ~bangchik

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  9. > Babypose

    Thanks for the visit. Some people call marigolds as "pokok bunga tahi ayam".... no babypose, ulam raja is another herbal plant with different and smaller flowers. Their leaves even though similar, they differ in the way leaves branch out.. Since you asked, I will consider putting the two together and compare them in all aspect to differentiate... Another post, another time.

    Cheers babypose.
    ~bangchik

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  10. Wow looks like this is an exciting time for you. Your garden is going to take some audience from Flora2009 he he he :-D I look forward to seeing the flowers. Have a wonderful day Bangchik. Btw, did you go up the hot balloon? From your house, you can see those hot balloon? If can, remember to snap some pictures :-)

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  11. LOVE marigolds, such happy little spots of colour throughout the garden and they are helpful friends too. Enjoy them and long my they continue to flower xx

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  12. > Steph

    You know what steph, I take a day off today. For visa purposes... Then both of us, spend sometime at Flora2009..... Balloon is 7.30am - 10.30am or 5.30pm to 7.30pm.... My marigolds is nowhere near what they display there.. haha. A bit hazy today, so cant see the balloon from the house... Have Fun, ~bangchik

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  13. > Carrie,
    This is our first attempt growing marigolds all over the place... It will add color to the garden I agree. I am beginning to see the difference in health level of veggies closest to marigolds. Huh, such a friendly companion and a healer as well!!.. Thanks CARRIE ~bangchik

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  14. Yes, although mine is a veggies only garden, I do grow marigolds at the end of rows to encourage bees and to protect plants from eelworm. Marigolds emit a chemical smell which pests hate!

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  15. > Matron
    Thanks for the comments and info. I have seen someone putting parsley as veggie bed edges, other than being neat and cheerful looking, I am not too sure if it give the same positive effect to veggies as marigolds....
    Cheers
    ~bangchik

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  16. You're in for a treat, Bangchik! I love marigolds - so easy to grow and helpful to the veggies.

    My slug pellets were grey. I'd rather have pink ones!!

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  17. Thanks JGH. Pink ones are very visible. It helps to check where you last place the pellets...
    ~bangchik

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  18. Hah you were there yesterday? I was there too. But I reached there about 5pm. But I didn't notice the balloon ;-( I ate at the food stalls. Very tasty and priced reasonably.

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  19. > Steph
    Balloons not far from the food stalls where the main entrance is.
    ~ bangchik

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  20. You've reminded me that I didn't get round to planting marigolds this year. Last year I had them planted through my onions to deter insects.

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  21. > Linda.

    Sorry to hear that Linda about not getting round to planting, but marigolds are so easy to grow. Spread the seeds and they will do the rest.
    ~bangchik

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