Marigolds have been a bit of a family tradition. My grandma grew several varieties that she shared with my mom and she passed onto me.
When I was a kid grandma taught me how simple it was to harvest the seeds by sending me through the yard to remove deadheads.
Later she show me how to dry them for the benefit of seeds and how to package and sell.
My mom had a beauty shop where I could pop in and sell my seeds. I was pretty shy, normally I would just place them in a basket with a little sign and price of .25 cents each.
I still collect the seeds from my own yard but now I stuff them in a jar.
It’s neat to look back at all of Grandma’s lessons because she was always teaching through encouragement.
Planting in Containers
I prefer planting marigolds in planters using the direct seed method.
These plants love water and their root system will grab water from nearby plants.
Having them in planters helped my other plants from going hungry when the garden was hot in July and August.
There are a lot of theories about Marigolds and how they can benefit the garden. My biggest question was do they really repel insects?
It’s been reported that Marigold nectar can repel certain insects like mosquitoes and some beetles. If used for companion planting they work as a detour for tomato bugs.
This doesn’t mean you should devour your garden with Marigolds. Adding some for color is always a nice touch and if they can detour bug even better.
I’ve also read they detract snakes. Living in Texas in the country we’re bound to see at least one a year.
Last summer I didn’t see any in the garden and we can only hope it was because of the marigolds.
Harvesting the Seeds
Store in jars or plastic bags in a cool room and bring out in the spring to add to flower beds.
Think about introducing this simple little flower in your garden and who knows they could become a part of a new family tradition.