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Mosquitoes and aphids hate the smell of marigolds, but these cheerful flowers are a favorite with gardeners. Grown as an annual in most gardening zones, marigolds prefer full sun and well-drained soil. (Beware: If you plant them in the shade, marigolds become prone to powdery mildew.) Place them strategically in your vegetable garden or in pots around the patio to ward off invading insects.
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