Finally a cloudy day! 🙂 Who even says something like that? A gardener does! At least I do! My mother taught me that you should not plant anything in your garden on a sunny day, wait for a cooler cloudy day, or do it in the evening, or even in a light rain. This will prevent stress, wilting and shock caused by the hot sun, strong winds, and very dry days. If you are like me and you just spent over a month babying your seeds into strong little plants, you do not want to lose them by putting them out in the ground at a bad time!
Today was cloudy with a cool breeze, some droplets of rain and a healthy amount of black flies*sigh*. I got my lettuce plants in the ground as well as some French Marigolds(Tagetes) for companion planting . I love the smell of marigolds!
I am going for a natural garden with no chemicals to repel bugs or boost my harvest, and hope to achieve a large part of that through companion planting and hand picking harmful insects. This is where the Tagetes will hopefuly come in handy!
Check out this amazing chart for companion planting! 🙂
Note: Not to confuse Tagete Marigolds with Calendula Marigolds because, according to wikipedia, Calendula may have healing properties but it also ATTRACTS the harmful bugs we want to eliminate from vegetable gardens..
Tagetes good for vegetable gardens.
Calendula, not so good for vegetable gardens.
I know! Let’s give 2 similar flowers with opposite properties the same name! Good idea right? Not so much! 🙂