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Sunflowers ~ Growing, Harvesting, Eating ~ you and the birds

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Drying and Harvesting Sunflowers

Sunflowers have been a favourite for children, adults and seniors to grow for many years due to how easy it is to grow them – sunflowers can thrive almost anywhere where there is sufficient sun and reasonable soil. If you would like to harvest the seed heads yourself, it is helpful to learn the art of drying sunflowers. Drying sunflowers will make the sunflower seeds hard and easy to remove. Trying to remove sunflower seeds without drying the sunflower head is quite difficult, and there is no benefit to drying the seeds outside of the flower anyway. Below is outlined two different ways to get to those tasty sunflower seeds!

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Sunflower gardens are incredibly popular due to their ease and beauty, but often questions arise about how to harvest the seeds correctly. If you have planted an edible variety it is important to follow a few simple steps in order to achieve the perfect snack.

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How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds for Birds

By Melissa Mayntz, Guide

Growing sunflowers is easy and inexpensive, but how you can save sunflower seeds to feed the birds months after your harvest? A few simple steps can help you raise thousands of seeds that can last for months of free bird feeding.










2 responses

  1. I have giant sunflowers, 8 feet tall, in my back yard. They look great up against the fence.

    August 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    • 🙂 i just love them, mine are all planted by the birds. the ones in front of porch are about that tall, almost to top of gutter lol. i put some heads on porch in winter for the skunks, raccoons etc too besides the birds

      i have ones this year with multi heads, in between stem and leaves. craziest thing i ever seen from bird seed sunflowers

      August 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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