Tuesday, August 3, 2010


08.03.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

Marigolds were always a favorite - they were pretty, hardy, and had a long flowering season. Unfortunately, they are less so in the unrelenting heat, humidity, and rain of our summers...though these look awfully healthy! An interesting facet about this scented plant is its apparent ability to repel certain insects and thus, is planted along side vegetables such as tomatoes (I know technically a fruit), cucumbers, and squash.

Companion planting is a great example of building on the strengths of differences to blend together for mutually productive benefit. That type of team work can play a positive role in not only the end result, but also the process of getting there. Including the social aspect of learning in this synergistic experience offers preparation for our students' futures - sure beats rote memorization! Home Depot Garden Dept, Pine Ridge Rd, Naples, FL


  1. Great shot! Also, thanks for the info about "companion planting"!

  2. I think this is the first year I didn't plant marigolds. They thrive in Montreal. These look very healthy. Maybe we need to "companion plant" our students - support each others' weaknesses and grow together.