Sunflower, Oh Sunflower
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Isn't this a great idea?
It's called "Project Sprout." GTECH (Growth Through Energy & Community Health) and Green Coast Enterprises teamed up to plant Sunflower fields in empty lots in New Orleans that were considered to be "blighted". It would be nice if other counties in other states would adopt this idea. Things would sure be a lot more cheerful!
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Sunflowers are actually fairly easy to grow provided they have lots of sun and deep soil. I started a couple seeds in my window this year, then transplanted as they grew. But I decided to keep a few indoors up until they were about 3 feet high, each sprouting a beautiful flower. The window received full sun in the afternoons. Because I live in a condo, I didn't have the ability to plant them in the ground, so they lasted in a container as long as possible. But I can't wait til the day I live on lots of acreage again and can plant row of these magnificent flowers.
For more information on growing your own sunflowers, visit Renee's Garden, Sunflower Guide, or Gardner's Net.
Painting by Ruth Suller.
What grows in your garden this year?