Your Guide to Planting a Sunflower Garden

A sunflower garden can be one of the most attractive and eye catching types of gardens to grow.  You don’t need to be Van Gogh to appreciate the beauty of these tall, large headed flowers.  In fact, sunflowers can make for a great centerpiece for an entire garden because of their size and beauty.

The time to take the first steps of your sunflower garden adventure is usually in early spring.  (Some sunflowers have slightly different growing periods.)  Once Winter’s cool breath is more of a memory than a reality, you want to get started.

The next thing to do is to get sunflower seeds.  You need to germinate your sunflower seeds before you plant them so you will want to get them well in advance of the time when you plan on actually placing them in their new homes in your garden.  You then place the sunflower seeds on a paper towel and then cover them with another slightly damp towel.  Now you will want to be careful during this process; you do not want your seeds to become overly moist or they will deteriorate before you get the chance actually to plant them in the earth.  You should continue to keep watch over them through the period making sure the top towel is moist but not overly so.

The next step is to find the correct place to plant your sunflower seeds.  There are two central considerations when you are choosing this spot in your garden.  First, as their name indicates, sunflowers love the sun, so you should find a nice sun drenched spot where you can still keep the soil moist.  Don’t plant them under a shady tree or you may not get much of a result.  The minimum requirement of sunlight should be six hours a day during the summer.  Ideally, however, you should make sure that your sunflowers get much more than this.

The second consideration is one of space.  Sunflowers don’t do well in cramped quarters.  Many of them will grow to be as large as you are, so be sure that you have a nice wide space in which to plant these big beauties. 

Other minor considerations have to do with your own aesthetic sense.  You don’t have to do too much to make your sunflowers stand out, but you may want to consider what drawing so much attention to one part of your garden will do to the balance of the rest of it.  Finally, you will also want to consider whether you would like to have sunflower seeds to eat at the end of the summer.  If you do, you need plan to have enough sunflowers so that you can have seeds to plant more and so you can have some for you and your family to enjoy.

Next, you will need to prepare the ground.  You will want to make sure to rake it up, so that the ground has a nice soft layer in which to plant your seeds.  Then you should be sure to remove any weeds that may weaken the growth of your sunflowers.

Many a sunflower garden uses the circle method when it comes to growing sunflowers.  That is, they plant their sunflowers in a circle and tie them to each other for support as they mature.  I believe that a better way to grow any plant is to make it fit into the idiosyncrasies of your garden.  If a circle works well in your space, then go ahead and grow it in that configuration.  If you would rather have them against the back wall of your garden, that is find too.

Once you sunflower garden starts to grow be sure to water it well.  By the end of summer, you should have nice tall flowers and the opportunity for naturally picked sunflower snacks for you and your household.





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