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Friday Favorite: Sunny Volunteers

July 29th, 2016

I’ve never really had to grow sunflowers in my garden, they always spring up here and there because I have fed sunflower seeds to my chickens and wild birds. They are not always where you want them, but it beats having to plant them. I bought packets for a few different kinds of sunflowers this spring, those are coming along well, but they’re not even close to blooming.
volunteer sunflowers 1
volunteer sunflowers 3
volunteer sunflowers 2
I’m always happy to have them, I let them set seed and then throw them to the chickens. There’s nothing better than free flowers and free bird food without any work on my part!

What’s your favorite garden volunteer?

One Comment to “Friday Favorite: Sunny Volunteers”
  1. Nebraska Dave on July 30, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Susy, that’s a nice crop of sunflowers. I do have a few wild sunflowers and are outside the garden area but they have much smaller flowers than the planted ones my neighbor planted in his garden area. I have tried to plant sunflowers but the wild critters have always eaten them. I’m still working on garden structure this year but have a much better handle on weeds.

    The only volunteer that came up for me this year was a few cucumbers. They produced about six cucumbers and then just died. I’m not sure what the cause was. It was near the tomatoes and they grew up through the tomato towers that i built so maybe tomatoes and cucumbers don’t mix. The onions planted at the base of the tomatoes look wonderful. Over all the garden has done really well this year.

    Have a great sunflower day.

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