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8/2/09 11:47 A

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Wow - You gave your children a great lesson in
the Circle of Life.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Sunny

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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!

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SUNNY332's Photo SUNNY332 Posts: 28,856
7/25/09 9:49 A

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Please - do take photos of your Sunflowers and share with us.

If the ground is too wet, the stocks will fall over.
They like their "feet" dry.

Have a emoticon day.

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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.

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SUNNY332's Photo SUNNY332 Posts: 28,856
7/22/09 5:15 P

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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.

www.essortment.com/all/growingsunflo
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BLUESTARMOM's Photo BLUESTARMOM Posts: 3,140
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We're getting a lot of rain here too today. Hey Sunny, when do you harvest sunflowers? Mine have drooped down and some are losing the yellow petals, exposing the seeds.

Karen
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7/22/09 8:45 A

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Great Article, Bren and I agree with you, Dee - gardening is good therapy.

Looks like we will be picking beans in the mud today.

Hugs, Sunny

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7/20/09 1:51 P

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A friend comes to help in my garden and calls it her therapy.

-:|:- Dee -:|:-
Joy is a state of being regardless of our circumstances. Find a way.

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BLUESTARMOM's Photo BLUESTARMOM Posts: 3,140
7/18/09 9:44 A

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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.

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Hi Team;

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 emoticon

May you find peace, grace joy & love inside each day.

Love Unconditionally, Believe Wholeheartedly, Trust Yourself & Your choices, Love Yourself so then you can love others..

Love survives Eternity.

We are ripples in God's Pond.

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." - John Muir


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7/17/09 11:49 A

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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."


Read THE REST OF THE ARTICLE AT : www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features
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IT all begins with YOU..... Plant the seeds and get growing healthy!

Can't find me - I am always in the garden:

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