R.I.P. sunflower

My sunflower dropped dead—literally. It came up in a wicking box from mulch I’d raked from the Girl’s run. The seed obviously came from their food mixture. It grew to over 2 metres, the dinner-plate sized flower was well above my head (and the wicking box was already 50 cm off the ground), and was still alive, but had started to droop down to where I could actually see the hundreds of seeds in the head. Then, at the end of a hot day, I came out and found the stem had snapped in two and it was lying flat on its face in the dust. Poor thing:

The seeds in the head are black so I hope they’ll be mature. I expect the Girls will eat them—mature or not. I’ve hung it up under the house to dry out properly. I’ve never grown sunflowers before, but since it grew so readily with little input from me, I’m going to be growing more next year. It will be good to provide some more of the Girl’s diet from the garden:

The seeds I planted into the seedling trays are going well. Since they’re nearly all brassicas, I’m keeping them in the polyhouse until all the white butterflies have gone. I have 3 full trays, 48 seedlings per tray and 18 species in all:


2 Responses to “R.I.P. sunflower”

  1. L from 500m2 in Sydney Says:

    You are gonna have a *lot* of broccoli!


    • foodnstuff Says:

      Oh, it’s not all broccoli! There’s brussels sprouts, kale, endive, leeks, parsley, celery, celeriac, cauliflower and more.


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