How to Make Fun Garden Shapes With Marigolds

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

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African Marigolds Planted in Shape of Goldfish DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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 SoilEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 ShapeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 ShapesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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