Marigolds/tomatoes repelling nematodes?
Hi all, I'm very curious to find out if anybody has used Marigolds with tomatoes in clean soil as a maintenance tool to repell nematodes instead of a cover crop to get rid of them. What I'm talking about is planting the Marigolds very close to the tomatoes to make one big happy root ball that keeps the darn nematodes away. Like this:
I really like the way the Marigold flowers add color to what would have been a plain looking pot. So far the tomato plant in the picture is doing great with the Marigolds so close.
Down here in central florida the nematodes have been a huge problem. I have other ideas for getting the soil sanitized but after I do I want to make sure I can keep any buil up of nematodes at bay. This coming spring I plan to run more test in the ground instead of in the pot to try and test and maybe perfect the companions. I would really like to hear from anyone that has already run tests like this. Any tips on spacing, number of Marigolds and species used would be great. In the picture is Tagetes Patula with Small Fry VFN.