Sunflowers for Summer

One of the joys of spring to summer is to host your own sunflower growing contest that you can have as a family – the prize – keep the seeds of the winning sunflowers to grow more next year.

Planting sunflower seeds with children

With a packet of sunflower seeds from the store we started off our sunflower growing in the greenhouse this week. Using left over pots from buying bedding plants in previous years we recycle these every year to start off our seeds or re-pot depending on the size of the pot.

For our seedlings to help with drainage I mix our potting compost with some perlite especially if the seedlings will be repotted from the pots into their final location. The Perlite is naturally occurring rock and just adds space in the compost preventing it from becoming water logged or dense.

Then J and T added a single sunflower seed to the middle of each pot pushing it down. We watered them well and then have labelled them up and placed them on the side in the green house to grow.

sunflowers perfect seeds for kids to nurture and grow

A daily activity is now watering our seedlings and observing them to see whether they have grown.

observing sunflowers growing

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We are co-hosting a very exciting blog hop Planting with Kids which runs all the week please pop by and check out what the co-hosts have linked up and then if you have some of your own gardening posts it would be great if you can come and join us by linking up below.

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Cerys is from the UK and is a stay at home mum to 2 young children. She blogs at Rainy Day Mum where she shares crafts, cooking, exploring the outdoors and play ideas to make every day fun what ever the weather.

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