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olde9856

Sunflowers

Has anyone tried growing sunflowers with a view to harvesting the seeds for eating? If so any tips?
I'm thinking of giving them a try this year
sod

We do a few. just grow as normal then ehen starting to die cut heads off and leave in sun, collect seed keep some to plant next year. Hope this works for you as does for us
Rena

We've had it work great... Until harvest.. Then the magpies come on pretty strong to take their portions.

I have heard the heads can be covered with thin nylon or netting until fully ripe-then we do it sod's way to finish them. Just make sure they are on a rack or such for good breathing room so nothing moulds... Esp if you are in a fairly humid spot.

Planning on planting a fair share of them here this year as we make our own sunbutter (it's like peanut butter which we cannot have).

Please post pics and let us know how you get on and any tips you learn in the process
sod

Rena yes we have done the cover with fine netting stuff too
olde9856

It was the mould which I was bothered about. We are in an area which can be quite humid
Rena

I've tried many different methods of trying to prevent the mould but ended up just tying each head on a line (pierce each head in the very center and feed the line through - then tie a knot to keep it from shifting while hanging),  hang in a very well ventilated place. That seemed to work the best and if we end up with a crop at the end of this year, I'll probably do the same again.
sod

We don't have that problem just put on wire netting face up in sun were the best breezes are.
Rena

sod wrote:
We don't have that problem just put on wire netting face up in sun were the best breezes are.


Ya don't have'ta brag about it!!
olde9856

We will need to find somewhere out of the rain!
Rena

I tied ours in our house (mud) room for that very reason... Now that we've moved house to a place with outbuildings to choose from, I'll be hanging them in our covered shed area.
sod

Rena yes I do have to brag   Didn't think you would of had a humidity problem there. I do need to learn to English too were = where      We dry fruit and veges out in the sun too but been very slack this year  
Rena

sod wrote:
Rena yes I do have to brag   Didn't think you would of had a humidity problem there.


Since we are in a geographical area known as 'high desert' where anything seems to be possible. Esp in the autumn at harvest time. Usually the rains come which are fairly closely followed by the snows and as this year has proven, can be conducive to a fair amount of humidity.
olde9856

I think I will try constructing something along the lines of the French garlic drying sheds but on a smaller scale. From pallets with wire sides to keep the birds off and sheeted roof
Rena

Sounds like a great idea! Please post pics, I'd love to see how it turns out.
olde9856

Probably the idea will be better than the reality!
Christine

Wot a lot of useful information - I'm looking at growing sunflowers and could do with the dried seeds for feeding the birds next winter.
Rena

olde9856 wrote:
Probably the idea will be better than the reality!


One never knows until they try!!
olde9856

Definatly going to try, nothing gained nothing lost
sod

Sounds a great idea, would also like photos, pallets builds we love

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