How to Make Fun Garden Shapes With Marigolds

Learn how to grow marigold plants in fun shapes with this step-by-step gardening guide.

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.

Outlined Shape of Goldfish with Sand in Moist Soil

Outlined Shape of Goldfish with Sand in Moist Soil

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Sow Marigold Seeds in Goldfish Shape

Sow Marigold Seeds in Goldfish Shape

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Make Fun Marigold Shapes

Make Fun Marigold Shapes

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Water Containers Regularly

Water Containers Regularly

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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