One of the first things I learned as I began growing food is that marigolds are a must-have. The marigold is described as a workhorse in the garden, driving away pests like aphids and cabbage worms and rabbits. Though some will claim that the miracles of the marigold are overstated, I know many gardeners who have sworn by these beauties for years. I no longer see them as boring, I see them as incredible in their simple beauty, and I’ll include them for as long as I garden.
Marigolds might be one of the easiest plants to save seed from. Grow them once and save the dead heads and you’ll have hundreds of seeds for the following season!