Our sunflower unit was my very favorite unit when home schooling my three. They were 2,4 and 6 and loved growing it and learning its part names. We fed the birds with our seeds. The awesomeness of sunflowers captured their attention. They remembered the unit for years!
Thanks for that link- it was very informative! I thought my kiddos at school would enjoy seeing the heads and eating the results. We're kind of going backwards lol. We usually plant some in the spring. Unfortunately some of them blew over in the latest storm and no amount of staking seems able to hold them- they are just too heavy! The ones out front are still doing well though- I sure enjoy looking at them.
Good Afternoon, Karen. I do not harvest my Sunflowers for the seeds. I do collect the seeds to use to feed the birds next winter and do this by placing netting around them and then waiting for the plant to dry up. I then shake the dried seeds into the netting and store the seeds it in a dry place.
I found this article on the net which might help you if you are harvesting the seeds for eating. Hope it helps you.
I think that's one of the reasons I garden. Gardening fills me with a sense of peace I don't find anywhere else. I love to get a cup of coffee and sit on my porch, surrounded by my plants and flowers, and I love the feeling of peace I have when my fingers are dug down in the dirt.
Thank you Bren for bringing this article to my attention. I know right now although I'm grieving for my daughters loss, I feel better when I'm out in my garden tending the flowers & the soil & my compost.
I also have an angel statue I bought at a thrift store when my daughter & I shopped one day, just seeing this in my garden brings back all the day's happy memories that I cherish so much.
I feel connected through heart,mind & spirit when I'm in the garden. Thanks for all you do for this wonderful supportive team.
Many Blessings Always Debby
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irst thing every morning, Gene Gach checks the 50 or so pots of bromeliads that he keeps along one side of his house. Then he simply stands and enjoys the backyard of his modest Los Angeles home -- the wide, green lawn, the 25-foot stand of Chinese bamboo he grew from a single stalk, and many flowers and rose bushes. On most days a cluster of birds surrounds his bird feeder, along with a small rabbit, whom he is teaching to eat lettuce. Later, Gach will play an 18-hole round of golf, lunch with his wife, and then garden for up to two hours.
He loves gardening. "Days like this leave me with an incredible sense of peace and serenity," says Gach. "When I stand in my garden I can feel the seeds under the earth, everything growing, and I have a connection to all of life."
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