My balcony garden’s ongoing war with aphids

I love petunias and their gorgeous colours but what I DON’T love are the Aphids!!!! Every single summer, I buy petunias that look stunning up until August and then, the aphids ring the dinner bell and my lush beauties become…

Small regular purple dots on my marigold seedlings

Dear MGs, could you please help me. I have started some marigold seedlings very early as part of my horticulture course assignment. They are very healthy looking, are growing under their very own grow light, and are even beginning to…

Growing Marigolds from Seed and Cross Pollination

How can I prevent my marigolds from cross pollinating with other marigolds of different varieties?  I want to harvest seeds that will grow and look just like their parents.  My yard is really small, so each of my marigolds (they…

Marigolds as Ant repellent?

Is there any scientific proof that marigolds act as an ant(insect) repellent? I’m asking since ants tend to crawl into the home, since the flower garden is close to the house.  With high maintenance roses, along with other plants, adding…