Marigolds are one of the hardest working and most understated plants in the garden. Originating in Central America, the Marigold is able to control nematodes in the soil by slowly releasing a natural deterrent through their root systems. Above ground, the somewhat repulsive odour of the leaves and flowers maintain a silent vigilance against airborne intruders. It has been proven that the repeated planting of Marigolds in the vegetable patch each year decreases insect infestations, increases vigour and productivity of plants, and reduces weeds. Heirloom varieties with a stronger odour, such as the French variety offered here, do the best job. They are a natural and beautiful way to grow organically. Marigolds are annuals and are excellent companion plants for most varieties of vegetables, except beans and cabbage.