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Your Sunflowers are just beautiful. I have always loved them bet felt they were a pain to deal with because if stakeing etc. But this year I tossed some black oil sunflowers to my chickens in their coop and suddenly I got Sunflowers growing all around next to the coop, chicken poo is an excellant fertilizer, well they grew so large and the mile a minute vine crawled up their stems and hooked to the chicken wire, staking them and I had an instant garden. I looks beautiful.
I started to remove the seeds from the larger heads and fed them to the chickens and they ate them when they didn't like the store bought ones."?" The suflowers are a favorite of our Goldfinches I oe to sit and watch them crawl all over the smaller ones and eat the seeds.
I enjoyed your article it makes me think of how many other places to plant them net year, thank you
So glad my laissez-faire gardening is an inspiration to you. I think we should all invest in those grass-seed contraptions & spread sunflowers EVERYWHERE. The world needs a Johnny Sunflowerseed like the old Johnny Appleseed.
I like the idea of putting them in a spreader, slight covering of grass clippings and dying tree leaves , and let nature do the work. It makes me smile just to think of it. You are exactly my kind of gardener.
We have wild sunflowers here - smaller stalk thickness and smaller flower heads - but they become invasive! I last summer I waited to take them out till the last flower was gone, but I noticed this year that where they grew near to the "planted" plants (fountain grass, Queen palms neighbor's new Sequoia tree and older sweet gum tree) that the plants were dying. When I pulled out the sunflowers I found that even though the stalk was next to the plant, the roots were "under" the plants' root-balls. Their rhizomes went all over the place. Now I will not let them grow next to something else that I want to live! I enjoys seeing the open fields of these wild sunflowers, but not in my yard. I was going to grow some from packaged seeds, but now I am afraid to do so.
Quitlygirl, They may be Jerusalem artichokes., A relation to sunflowers, with an edible rhizome. They are wonderful in salads, but maybe have your natural food store produce person take a look before you eat them (smile). Just a thought.