Red Cherry Marigold

Name: Tagetes patula

A commonly grown, non-invasive french variety. Originally a sacred flower of the Aztecs.

Beneficial in the garden?

You bet. The roots repel nematodes and the flowers can act as a decoy or, strawman for Japanese beetles to protect your other crops.

… marigolds are best known for their ability to suppress plant-parasitic nematodes. Marigold roots release the chemical alpha-terthienyl, one of the most toxic naturally occurring compounds found to date (Gommers and Bakker, 1988). 1

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1 edis.ifas.ufl.edu

Guyana PI 199506 Pepper

One of the most underground peppers available. Very sweet and fruity! Taste is similar to the Jamy, but, a little more tropical. Fairly long pods with a medium heat. Great spice to this for a baccatum–the burn sticks around for quite a long time on the lips. In the dark!

Native to Guyana, which at the time of this posting, is under threat from a Venezuelan territorial dispute. I think this is more to do with the PI 199506 than silly borders.

Datil Pepper

Say hello to the Habanero’s fun younger counterpart. More tropical flavor than the Habanero, but not as much heat. Eating a whole one fresh is possible with some practice, but these bastards can get quite hot–especially with a lot of sunlight during the summer. More similar to a lessor known Capsicum Chinese, the Fatalii. The pepper begins as a simple green and ripens to a nice orange.

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Asian Ladybug (Harmonia Axyridis)

Name: Harmonia Axyridis

Big ups to Asian Ladybugs! These beetles feeds on aphids at an unprecedented rate in the larvae stage, similar to the Lacewing. The Asian Ladybug live between two to three years. They are also known as the harlequin ladybird and Harmonia Axyridis.

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