Welcome to our sunflower challenge. Hopefully you made it home from the Peacock Yards open Studios with your sunflower seed safely tucked away in the soil and its beginning to germinate.
Photographic Records for The Hall Of Fame
1. At the beginning of each month email a photograph of yourself standing next to your plant to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. As the plant grows taller send photographs of you holding a tape measure to indicate the plants overall height. If you don’t have a tape measure then don’t worry, a picture of the plant in front of a brick wall will allow us to calculate the height.
3. Check out your competitors by visiting this blog regularly.
4. Before the 1st October 2015 email email@example.com your best photograph of you with your sunflower at its tallest height. Either with a tape measure or in front of a brick wall. And a close up photograph with a ruler to show the diameter of the sunflowers head.
The Contenders – Planted on Saturday 13/06/2015
The Contenders – 03/07/2015
1. Sunflowers can be sown straight in to the ground where they are going to flower, so make sure the space you are going to sow is weed free, by using a trowel to remove the weeds.
2. Rake the soil to a fine tilth (a fine crumbly texture) and make a hole the size of the pot your seed is currently in. The seed should be about about 12mm deep.
3. Carefully relocate the soil and seed from the pot and into the hole. Don’t forget to water the seed gently.
4. If you are going to grow your sunflower in a pot then try to move it to a bigger pot as the more room it has the bigger it will grow. Water frequently but don’t leave it standing in water.
5. Be careful, as slugs and snails like to eat the new shoot. You may like to protect the seedling by cutting the top off a plastic bottle and placing it over your seedling.
6. As your sunflower begins to grow taller than you, you will need to help support the stem, by placing a cane near the stem and loosely tying the cane to the plant with string.
7. Watch your sunflower grow and grow and grow.