Sunday, August 3, 2008

New project

So, many of you know that we plant a garden every summer...well if you didn't, we do...nothing big, just herbs, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, that's about it. Ben has done gardens most of his life, but for me...I'm a first timer. I'm starting to get a little more comfortable with it, so this year I decided to go wild and try growing Sun Flowers behind the garden. I read a few things online, and started off by germinating them before planting. This way I could plant just the strong one, those that didn't sprout, I threw out. So, here's a few pictures of my germination...standby for more pictures as they grow.

Here are the two packets I picked up for cheap at our local garden center.


To get them to germinate, I placed the seeds in between wet paper towels and kept them damp until they began to sprout...just a few days was all it took.


Here's what I ended up with before I planted...it was pretty cool.


I did all this at the end of June, so I'll post a few pictures of how they look since I planted next time I post!

4 comments:

gigi said...

It's amazing how such little seeds turn into such giant plants. I've always loved sunflowers. Good luck and we look forward to the future pictures.

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

wow...i don't think Robert germinates nor does my son. And we get these huge sunflowers. i will be looking for your finished photos so we can try it next year. hope you get to harvest the seeds before the birds do.

Christon said...

cool..i would love to plant a garden but I kill everything green that I touch. even the plants you dont have to touch or care for die with me. Sooo I guess I i will keep the grocery store hot & in business. LOL

kimlis said...

(for your friend) I wouldn't worry about a purple thumb that kills stuff -- it's a stage you can grow out of if you give yourself enough time. Worked that way for me anyhow. My mom got to take care of a spindly, three yellow-leafed spider plant my son brought home from pre-school; I knew it would die in my care. It survived and was the most beautiful, thriving-with-spiders plant when he graduated high school -- even in my care along the way.
Tara, where are the mature sunflower pictures? It's now September 17! Post...

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