How to Make Fun Garden Shapes With Marigolds
From: DK Books - Ready Set Grow
As one of the quickest- and easiest-to-grow flowers, marigolds are great for creating colorful containers. In this project, African marigolds have been grown with a smaller bedding plant, alyssum, to make a fun floral pattern. This project takes seven weeks to complete.
1. Draw a Shape in the Soil
Mark out the outline of the shape of a goldfish in a large prepared container. Use sand to "draw" the shape on moist soil.
2. Plant the Marigold Seeds
Sow the marigold seeds 2 inches (5 cm) apart within the fish shape. Cover the seeds lightly with soil by gently patting a strainer full of soil over them.
3. Plant the Alyssum Seeds
Sprinkle the alyssum seeds outside the fish shape. Gently rake them into the soil. Water gently so as not to disturb the shape made by the seeds.
4. Water the Plants
Water the plants regularly, especially during dry weather. Marigolds will grow to 6 inches (15 cm) high to create the goldfish shape and the alyssum will grow smaller around them. Place container in full sunlight and use moist potting soil. The seeds germinate in 1 week and flowers appear 6 weeks later. Slugs love to eat marigold seedlings so protect the plants from them. Be sure to also remove dead flowers, since this will encourage further flowering.
For another container, consider creating fun shapes with other flowers. Design your name, a machine or object, or a favorite animal in floral patterns.