Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Companion planting: carrot, daikon, lettuce & marigold

This companion planting is by mere of coincident. I didn't plan what to plant in the raised bed earlier, i just dumped everything in to save space. And surprisingly they grew well together, except that the carrots never fruit, but the foliage was so good. Hmm. Maybe too much nitrogen like what Diana said?

I'm not very sure why these plants like each other and how these plants help each other but you can refer here for companion planting list- See that? Carrots, daikons and lettuces are in one group- how good if i have luck in lottery too haha.

The raised bed

Carrots and daikons

Lettuces, daikons and marigolds at the other side of the bed

Marigolds
I have read many pages on the internet saying that marigolds are famous for companion planting as they exude chemicals from their roots or aerial parts that suppress or repel pests and protect neighbouring plants. I follow to grow them everywhere in the garden for the sayings and to add a touch of colour in the vegetable garden. But so far i'm not aware of any real research were this practice has been proven to be effective?

Do you have anything good or bad to say about your personal experience with marigolds? Are they really a good companion plant? Come let's share with us.



10 comments:

One said...

If you count the quantity of each plant, you will get 4 numbers. Put them together and you shall get a lucky 4 digit number...

Marigolds seem to have been helpful to my cabbage. Now that my marigold has passed away, I am growing another ornamental plant. Seems to be good for my cabbage too. I can show you the photo but don't know the name yet.

Maybe your little girl has a caption for the toad. Or would it be 1 Malaysia again?

Food so delicious! said...

Wahhh.. your vege all look so good!! Well done Milka!! I wish I can plant like you can.. sigh.. my area has just too many pest to attempt planting anything edible!!

milka said...

One: Get 4 digit that way, how creative! My 3 yr old girl is so much influent by the teachers in school, too much '1 M'sia' in her mind already! I wonder does she actually know the meaning, or not? Haha.

Food so delicious: Maybe you can try to plant herbs, less pests and they are good in your cooking too!

p3chandan said...

Nice neat raised beds, with neat rows of veggies...Its so expected. coming from you Milka! I love them! Thanks for sharing the information, I dont have marigold but Im trying out with ulam raja and basil. My basil leaves are so perfect not a single hole on them!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Good combination there Milka!Waiting for our French Marigold seeds to sprout. I wonder if we have self-seeded marigold this year.

Rosey said...

I use marigolds here and there in my vegetable garden. The chipmunks like to nibble them and that is okay as long as they stay away from the veggies.

Food so delicious! said...

Milka,

I got herbs.. I have rosemary, sage, mint, sawtooth corriander, kunyit, ginger, bunga kantan, daun kesom,serai, oregano, thyme,basil, thai basil...

I just cant grow veges la..

Malar said...

So productive vegetable patch! I have read about goodness of Marigold too! Where did you found marigold seeds?

milka said...

p3chandan: You haven't see the messy part in my garden yet hehe.

Diana & Rosey: I love marigold too as it is so easy to grow!

Food so delicious: My luck in herbs is not good the other way round, haha.

Malar: I bought one small pot from the nursery few years ago and from there i propagated many many from cuttings. Very easy to grow. I can save the seeds for you if you want it :) But i'm not sure can seeds grow as easy as cuttings or not.

J.C. said...

My marigold was attacked by mealy bugs. It caused mealy bugs to appear at my vegie patch! So I can't say it was successful in pest-control!