August 4, 2013

Gardening With Sunflowers: Kool or Katastrophy?

Happy Sunday KorKers!


     I hope you’ve had a great weekend! I’ve had a wonderful weekend filled with spending time with amazing people, bowling, kayaking, and watching my sister perform with her marching band! I could definitely go for another go at that weekend- it was incredibly fun and relaxing.

     Alongside having a lot of fun this weekend, I helped out with some chores in the garden with picking tomatoes, peppers, and beans among other things. One of the crops in my family’s garden that is my contribution is planting sunflowers. Yep, sunflowers- the ones where you get the amazing snack of sunflower seeds from.

     I love to grow them during the summer not only for the amazing color that the flowers give, but also for two other reasons. If you plant sunflowers next to cucumbers, the cucumbers have a more sweet taste. And, the sunflowers provide you with a snack, seeds to replant them, and food for birds and other creatures. (They also make for a gorgeous backdrop or subject for photos!)

     After about two months or so of enjoying the tall and amazing sunbursts of golden yellow, several of my sunflowers had started to droop over (and some had even broken their stem) due to the heavy load of sunflower seeds the sunflower head was carrying; for some of the heads were the size of large dinner plates!
This is the head of just one of the giant sunflowers!
This is how packed with seeds it is! It looks pretty cool, right?
     So, my mom and I went through the flowers and cut the heads off of the ones that were drooped or fallen over completely and placing them off to the side on top of a small building to dry out in the sun. (It also helps to get the bugs and extra water out of them as well!)

     Once they’re dried out, you can roast and salt them for a snack, dry them out and store them to plant next year, or put them in a bird feeder for the birds to feast upon. The options are endless. If you, my readers, are super interested in planting these, do it! They’re definitely worth it, especially when you can watch various birds and creatures (including yourself) use the flower as a valuable resource or for a snack.

     So, this is just a little insight into my life (and my family’s garden) for this summer. I hope you take a moment to comment below with what you think about this idea for gardening along with any suggestions or ideas that you have for future posts! I’d love to hear from you!

 KorK Rating: Kool
Until next time! –Katie <3

2 comments:

  1. How do you keep the birds from cleaning them out before you pick the sunflowers? We have an issue with that here for sure.

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    1. Well, we usually have the birds cleaning them out as well. We had so many sunflowers that the birds have just started eating the seeds- mainly due to most of the flower blooms of the sunflowers are still attached/intact to/with the seeds themselves.

      For us, I'm guessing that they didn't go after them until the blooms started to fall off from the center, but it may also have to do with how the heads on these had caused the flower to tilt over...and with the head being upside down, it probably would have been a large challenge to pick them and eat them while being topsy-turvy. Haha.

      So luck has a little something to do with it. Haha :)

      But other than that, you just have to check on them to see how the heads are (development-wise). If the head is full of mature seeds (and heavy), then you're good. Some birds will find their way into them (as all birds do), but if you keep an eye on the sunflowers, you can most likely get a lot of seeds before they can.

      Hope this helps! :)
      -Katie <3

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