7 Uses For Sunflowers

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First, I love the strength, grace and beauty of sunflowers.  They’re one of my favorite summer flowers and a must in my garden.  I love sunflowers because they stand tall, erect and they’re showy.  They tower above everything else in the garden, and their bright color makes an impact.  Furthermore, there are different varieties to grace your garden and they all grow to various heights.  This particular variety is the Russian Mammoth.  It usually grows to about 10 or 11 feet.  The fence in the background is 6 foot.   It is truly massive.  Can you see a bee enjoying the pollen on this particular sunflower.  Today, I’m going to share a few gardening tips on uses for sunflowers.

It is true that sunflowers make a statement.  But did you know that every part of the sunflower is beneficial? They are actually considered the cash crop.  The seeds, petals, stalk, leaves and roots can be used in various ways.  Here are a few examples:

1.  Seeds – Humans eat the seeds raw, roasted or dried. Therefore, they are a healthy snack and a great source of protein, Vitamins A, B, E and iron.  I love the seeds raw in salads or roasted to snack on.

2.  Commercial Use – Birdseed mixtures often contain sunflower seeds.  Furthermore, I actually leave the majority of my sunflowers in the garden for the cardinals and finches to enjoy.  You will find black oil sunflower seeds in my bird feeders during the winter.

3.  Petals – Additionally, sunflower petals can be dried.   and used along with other natural items for summer or fall potpourris.

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   4.  Leaves – Another use is the leaves.  Also, sunflowers leaves can grow quite large and tasty.  Sunflowers leaves are often used to feed livestock or seeped to make tea.

5.  Stalks – Noteworthy, the stalks of sunflowers are strong.  I actually use some of my sunflowers stalks as a trellis for my cucumbers.  Consequently, you can cut the sunflowers off at the base and allow the stalks to dry over the winter. Next season you have a great source of poles to use as a trellis for your veggies.  You can also break them in sections, dry them, and use them in fire pits or wood stoves over the winter.

6.  Roots – Next, the roots of a sunflower can grow quite deep and large.  As a result, tten used to make herbal medicine.

7.  Dried Flowers – Sunflowers can be dried and used in floral arrangements.  They are quite pretty in fall arrangements or on wreaths.  Some of the best flowers for dried arrangements are those that are just opening.  So, pick sunflowers before are they fully open.  They will continue to open as they dry.

Finally, you may also like:  How Make Bottle Greenhouses   As a matter of fact, this is how I start my sunflower seeds.

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  1. Sunflowers are always so fun. We love shelling them and feeding the seeds to the birds at the park and then giving the old head to the squirrel. Such fun!