BEAUTIFUL SUMMER SUNFLOWERS
The Edible Sac High School Garden is full of beautiful plants and wildlife. From the blossoming raspberries and lavender to the heavily laden tomato plants, if you are a beauty seeker or aspiring nature photographer, this is the place for you.
Of all the beautiful plants in the garden, it is only our sunflowers that have the ability to stop visitors and students in their tracks. Reaching far up into the sky, our bright yellow flowers act as beacons of beauty and hope, inviting community to explore the garden space.
Because sunflowers have this innate superpower, we plant them all over the garden. If you want to grow your own sunflowers, simply follow these instructions and prepare to be impressed with your newfound green thumb:
1) Picking a Location- Sunflowers, of course, need full sunlight to grow best. Depending on the variety you select, they can grow up to 15 feet tall and five feet wide, so make sure that you pick a space big enough to let the flowers mature.
2) Planting the Seeds- Sunflowers grow best from seed. so once you’ve selected your location, loosen the soil, and plant your seed one inch deep. Sunflowers grow in almost any type of soil, so don’t worry too much about adding compost or soil amendments. Once the seed is in the ground, water it once a day to keep the soil moist around the seed. It should sprout in about a week.
3) Harvest + Care- Your sunflower plant needs limited water to thrive. A few days a week, give your plant some water. In the Sac High garden, we let students go around with watering cans to thoroughly soak our flowers. When the plant is full of flowers, harvest them! The more you harvest, the more heads will grow.
Have any questions about growing sunflowers? Come to the Midtown Farmer’s Market this Saturday, and stop by the Edible Sac High booth! We will be there with all of our gardening knowledge, along with free sunflowers, lavender, and seeds. Stop by and visit!