Finally a cloudy day

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! 🙂




2 thoughts on “Finally a cloudy day

  1. Sam says:

    That’s a great companion planting chart! I’ve always planted fairly close together, and mixed marigolds with my plants, but this year we decided to plant much more intentionally. I did a lot of research, but didn’t find anything as comprehensive as this. This year, we’ve done almost all of our planting already, so I will check it out in September when I’m starting my fall seeds and plans. As for calendula: I didn’t realize they attract bad bugs. Do you know which ones?

    • SafeHappyTravel says:

      Yes I love that chart, it is so clear!
      As for Calendula, I’ve been finding a lot of mixed information lately, Calendula attracts aphids and is a food to larvae, namely the cabbage moth larvae. While this means the bugs will eat the Calendula and leave your other plants alone..they are still attracting them to your garden right? From what I read, many people pair up the Calendula and the Tagetes and are happy with the results.. so really I guess in the it’s a matter of personal choice and maybe what kind of insect population you have.
      Personally, I prefer to just use the Tagetes because as far as I have ever heard or read, the attract bees and butterflies and repel nematodes and other pests..

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