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All over the country, teachers are preparing classrooms and grounds for the new school year about to start in the next few weeks. As for Los Olivos Elementry School, the Organic Garden Classroom is certainly on the roster for some TLC before students come pouring in from their summer adventures. Back in March, Ameriseed donated 90 young African marigolds to the school, from their Christy, Narai, Bali, and Babuda Series. It is now August, so I stopped by to see how the marigolds are holding up.

When I arrived at the garden, Heidi was already there, weeding the beds and harvesting the summer crop.The garden has definitely made progress over the last 4 months, which is shown in the photos below. I found myself deadheading all of the marigolds that were left to drip irrigation and modest bit of attention during this summer. This goes to show how Ameriseed Marigolds are survivors that will stick around and go to battle for the beauty of your garden throughout the season. Los Olivos is located in the Santa Ynez Valley of California which is a Zone 10a according to the USDA Plant Hardiness Map. Ameriseed Marigolds armor themselves with adaptability to a wide range of climates, whether its tropical conditions in Florida or the hot, dry valleys of California.

             March 2013                                                    August 2013

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

 

Just a reminder, marigolds require very little maintenance in the potting, landscaping, and other applications; however, deadheading is very important in order to keep the plant healthy. This procedure involves simply removing exhausted blooms from the plant. It will promote increase in flower development and encourage branching occurance. On the other hand, failure to deadhead or clean marigolds will have a negative effect on the plants appearance and ability to flourish to full potential. Plant energy will continue to go into the deadblooms until removed. The plants can survive with out deadheading, but the slightest efforts will greatly reward when it comes to marigolds. Photos below will demonstrate the visual benefit when old blooms are cleaned off the marigolds.

                         Before(left)                                                   After(right)

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

 

Here out a few more Ameriseed Varieties taking shape in the landscape!

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

 

Here are a couple photos captured by Barbara Heubel earlier in the Summer!

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds

 

Keep growing, learning, and uniting with the  marigold movement!

Marigold Seed,AmeriSeed, Flower seed, Flowe seeds