With its sunny yellow and orange blooms, calendula brings warmth and vibrancy to any garden. This hardy annual thrives with minimal fuss, flowering non-stop from spring through the first fall frost in most climates.
Companion planting helps mimic natural environments more closely and allows one species to benefit from its neighbor’s natural qualities. Combining different species encourages beneficial insects and microorganisms to move in and creates a more resilient garden ecosystem.
First, its heavy floral scent can cover the smell of neighboring vegetables and discourage rabbits and rodents. It also releases chemicals into the soil that keep parasitic microorganisms, like nematodes (roundworms), away.
Interplanting calendula with your fruits and vegetables is a great way to protect them from pests without chemical pesticides and may help produce higher-quality plants.