Welcome to my website. Its about growing fresh herbs amongst my vegetables and fruit trees and their use in the kitchen. The presence of these herbs benefits the other edible plants by attracting pollinators and helping to repel pests. They add beauty and pleasant aromas to my garden with their attractive foliage and flowers...............John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Latest Update 8th December2016.
Red Marietta Marigolds are compact, easy to grow, pretty little plants.
They are an old heirloom French marigold, whose seeds are easily saved for future use and for epigenetic improvement. They also self seed if left to die back naturally.
I grow them as an insect pest repellent.
Variety: Red Marietta
Garden bed type: Ecobed.
Recommended soil pH: 5.5 - 7.5.
Minimum Sun per Day: 8 hours.
Plant Spacings (centres): 250mm.
Good Companions: Tomatoes, Capsicum, Cucumber, Lettuce.
Climate: Warm Temperate.
Geographic Hemisphere: Southern.
Marigolds needs full sun.
They are grown annually from seed in spring.
grow well in moist fertile soil, and will benefit from a generous application of mulch.
Clear some space, apply a 60mm top dressing of homemade compostand cover with 50mm of straw mulch
Leave the prepared bed for 4
weeks to build up microbial activity before planting.
Sow seeds in August on the surface of an organic seed growing mix in a mini pot, and lightly cover with finely sieved home made compost.
the mini pot for an hour in a tray containing 10mm of water (preferably
rainwater). The water will wick up into the soil without flooding it.
Sink the mini pot up to its rim in an EcoPropagator's wicking media. This will
keep the soil moist until the seedlings are ready to
transplant. Protect the seedlings against frost.
4 weeks transplant the seeds individually into organic potting mix in jiffy pots and returned them to the propagator.
further 4 weeks move the mulch in the prepared bed to one side ready for planting.
Plant them 250mm apart in their pots and water them in generously.
Replace the mulch as soon as the Marigolds are established.