TARIGATES: AND BEAUTY AND BENEFITS!
Bright, sunny marigolds (or tagetes) adorn the plots of our gardeners everywhere. But, by the way, experienced summer residents plant this annual not only for the sake of beauty ...
Marigolds can bloom until late autumn. But with the onset of cold weather, the bushes wither and lose their attractiveness. Do not rush to get rid of plants: they can still be useful. Here are a few options.
Marigolds BASIS FOR GROUND BEDS
In September-October, tear out the marigold bushes along with the roots, chop them and, spreading them on the site where you plan to plant strawberries (garden strawberries), dig up the soil on a shovel bayonet. So you protect strawberries from white spot, fusarium, anthracnose, root rot. It is useful to dig marigolds in the beds, where there will be carrots, cabbage, tomatoes.
MARIGATES FOR SOIL HEALTH
Or you can cut off the aerial part of the marigolds, and leave the roots in the ground. They will prevent the leaching of trace elements from the soil, improve the moisture and air permeability of the soil. And the antibacterial substances secreted by the roots will fight putrefactive infections, scare away the nematode, wireworm, and bear.
Marigolds as a shelter for the winter
For snow retention on plantings of winter garlic, marigolds uprooted are laid out whole (do not chop!). To insulate roses, cut stems and rhizomes are best chopped and spread around the bushes in a layer of 4-6 cm. By the way, such a shelter not only retains snow, creates an air gap, but also repels mice and hares.
USEFUL COMPOST FROM TAGETS
Marigolds can improve the composition of the compost heap. Grind large stems, lay them in compost, sprinkling each layer with other organic matter, adding a little last year's compost.
Marigolds as a remedy for moths
Dried marigold plants placed in linen bags can be laid out in a closet or dressing room among clothes, especially among fur and woolen products. The released aroma of plants will scare away the main pest of clothes - clothes (home) moth.
WE FEAR MOSQUITOES WITH MARIGATES
If you want to have a good time in nature without annoying mosquito attacks, then burn a few dry tagetes plants near the picnic area. Smoke will protect you from harmful insects.
TARIGATES AND THEIR BENEFITS FOR SOIL - VIDEO
© Author: Daria VILKOVA, agronomist
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