What To Do With 8000 Marigold Seeds?

Last year, ladies in the family returned from some affair with a few marigold plants in small pots. I immediately planted them in two large planters by the front door. They did well. They were fruitful and multiplied. I collected the drying seed-pods and planted the seeds in various places this year with predictable results. I have a lot of seeds. They are still in the pods so I weighed a few pods and their seeds to estimate the number in the whole mass of pods as( 4 whole pods was 5.6 gr and contained 3.5gr of seed. Those pods contained about 118 seeds. The remaining mass was 377 grains, so I’m looking at 118 X 377/5.6 + 118 =) 8K seeds.

Even if only half of them grow and I plant 100 per square metre, that’s 40 square metres. I have a berm about that size. That would light it up. I was planning to plant cherries on it but these could be my “mulch”. I’ve heard they repel hares and deer with their pungent aroma but apparently that’s false.

I have about 1000 feet of borders in my yard. I could plant 4 per foot…

I could broadcast them on a square in the garden and make some kind of statement… and a question, “What do I do with millions of seeds the following year?”.

I could make happy faces in the lawn that could be seen from space…

I could save some for next year…

I could collect all their product and replace the lawn with marigolds next year. No more mowing…

They came back with chrysanthemums this year…

Decisions, decisions. Well I have most of the winter to decide. 😉

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to What To Do With 8000 Marigold Seeds?

  1. DrLoser says:


    M$ pays us in something far more valuable than marigold seeds, Dougie. Which is a shame, because I am particularly fond of marigold seeds.

    Save them up and buy a Captain Fantastic ChromeBook!


  2. dougman says:

    What about trolls?

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