The Sunflower Project

 

Thanks to all the Bedford Residents who have responded to this project.  We expect this to be a blooming success!  The sunflower canister at 425 Cherry Street was refilled on Friday, May 1, and is going fast.  There will be no refills after this one.

Vicki Marwell, president of the Hopp Ground Garden Club, says the following about planting the sunflower seeds:

I’m not an expert by any means, but always willing to add my two cents:

“As far as soil temps and when to plant outside, I don’t think worrying about when exactly to plant is going to matter that much.  To be safe I would wait until at least until the 15th if not later.  I’m not so worried about freezing the seeds once they are planted, the likelihood of a bad freeze isn’t great – but the warmer the soil, the faster the seed will sprout and grow.  A lot of people hedge their bets by doing succession planting and that’s what I would suggest.  Put a few seeds in after May 15th, another few after the 22nd and another few at the end of the month.  That way you have a little insurance, and your flowers will mature over a few weeks rather than all at once.  Or start a few in the ground and a few inside – an old coffee tin or quart container works.  Potting soil is best, not just dirt from the yard.  Plant outside when the seedlings have at least their second set of leaves.  As for deer, I have had the heads of sunflowers eaten off over a fence – remember sunflowers and deer are tall! – so it’s best I think to plant close to a spot that deer will avoid if possible”.

Great idea – remember, 100% success is not something that any gardener achieves!  We will all do our best.

 

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