Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

How To Plant Marigolds In Amongst The Vegetables As A Companion Plant

Plant marigolds in between the veggies for eco-friendly pest control

Marigolds are used as a companion plant in the vegetable garden to lure pests away from the vegetables and also to attract insects which will predate the pests.

You will need:

  • marigold plants
  • trowel
  • controlled-release fertiliser



Plant in between rows of vegetables to lure the pests away from eating the vegetables; planted alongside carrots the smell disguises the smell of the carrots and deters carrot root fly.

Fork in a little controlled-release fertiliser.

Plant 10cm (4”) apart.

Water in well.

For more environmental gardening information check out the blog articles: 'How to go quackers and keep ducks to help manage garden pests', 'Companion planting' and 'How to start growing organic fruit and vegetables'.