As I was planting my tomatoes last week I went through the motions as usual to plant a marigold close by to "help" the tomatoes grow better when it occurred to me....."I really have no idea why marigolds are good for tomatoes". After some long hard research (I googled it) I found some conflicting data but came up with basically this.
Marigolds are plant allies that you can pair with eggplants, potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes and squash plants to provide the benefits of protection or improved growth. Marigolds deter Mexican bean beetles from damaging beans, discourage Japanese beetles from harming corn and deter beetles from causing harm to cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, squashes and potatoes. Marigolds help prevent nematodes from affecting eggplants and tomatoes. Pot marigolds deter beetles from visiting asparagus plants and tomato worms and general pests from bothering tomatoes.
I have also heard that this is all a wives tale and that there is no solid evidence that this flower can do any of its claim to fame. At any rate, they are pretty, there are so many kids of them, and why not...right? I enjoy seeing them and believe that, if anything, they are a friend to my garden and tomato plants.
Have a look:
Maybe even more curious than those bugs was the CUCUMBER that I planted outside WAY TOO EARLY! See: