Grow Sunflowers with Kids

Thursday, May 24, 2012

sunflowers

This is the second year that Miss E grew her own sunflowers. Take a look at last year's flower garden.



I designate a small garden patch by creating a stone border and filing it with soil.  Here in Central TX, our rocky soil is hard for little hands to dig, and that's why I add a top layer of rich, loose soil.  In areas with good soil, you can plant directly into dirt.

Miss E is given the responsibility of planting the seeds and tending to her garden.  She diligently watered her garden for over two months.

watering sunflowers

And her care, persistence, and patience paid off.  


grow sunflowers

She grew something TALLER than herself, and she experienced the satisfaction that comes from watching something beautiful emerge from her daily effort.  


sunflowers

Have you tried growing sunflowers with your kids?  It's pretty hard to grow much here in HOT Texas, so if my four year old can do it, I bet your kids can too.  Happy Gardening!

This post is linked up to It's Playtime!Weekly Kids' Co-Op, Link & Learn,  Sunday Showcase, and the Flower, Plant, & Garden Blog Hop.

19 comments:

Susan Case said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

These are gorgeous photos! Love the post and will pin it.

Jessi Feltmann said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How lovely! I'm sure she was quite proud of her hard work. :)

PlainVanillaMom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is lovely Rebekah. That sunflower is such beautiful! Sunflowers are one thing I actually haven't had much like with. Maybe we will give them another try this summer :) I love how you did up that little spot in the garden just for her!

Growing a Jeweled Rose said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love that last photo Rebekah! Sunflowers are my favorite!

Stacy of KSW said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yay!!! Ours bloomed today actualy ;)

amy (mamascout said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i love this! my kids like to grow things too. in fact, we are really into morning glories right now and have lots of extra seeds we have been harvesting. if you send me an email with a mailing address, my young gardeners would love to send your little gardener some!

amybarbo@gmail.com

andie jaye said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow! those are gorgeous! we tried last year and couldn't get them to stay alive! she must be so proud!

The Iowa Farmer's Wife said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love these!! She's too cute and I love that she grew them herself. I LOVE sunflowers, but are stupid squirrels eat them down (isn't that ridiculous!?). Love the pollen on her nose!

Debs- Learn with Play @ home said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Fantastic! I've been wanting to try a sunflower hideaway. Beautiful pics!! :)

The Monko said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

that is fantastic. We are growing sun flowers this year for the first time since I was a kid, I am really excited to see what Goblin thinks when they get flowers on them.

Carolyn @ Mama's Little Muse said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Rebekah! I'm visiting from Weekly Kid's Co-op. This is fabulous. My 4.5 yo son has his own garden plot this year and is so excited about the sprouts that have just started to come up. Every kid should be able to garden! Thanks for sharing. See you around KBN!

hsw said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Our sunflowers are about to bloom, my almost 4 year old (also E!) loves them. We're also growing carrots, radishes, pole beans, and pumpkins this year. All selected by the kids. :)

pinkoddy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

We only planted ours today and fear we left it too late. This is a great sunflower she has grown.

Didi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Sunflowers are one of our favorite things to grow. One planted itself in our driveway (of all places), and the persistent little plant is about 2 feet tall now. It just makes us smile, so we are letting it stay. Thanks for sharing this post, and I wanted to let you know I'm featuring it at the Kid's Co-op this week. :-)

Leigh Ann said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How cool! We did try growing sunflowers, thanks to some that they sent home from MDO, but they never made it past the cup stage before 4 little hands got a little too playful with them. But I love the idea of setting aside a little patch outside for them. Will definitely try again.

Kristin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How sweet, Rebekah! I love this.

StarTraci said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yay! My Little Diva just asked to grow some sunflowers!

:-)
Traci

Whit said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

My son is obsessed with sunflowers right now...I suspect this would be a terrific homeschool lesson to repeat year after year with my boys. We always had them towering above our fence when I was growing up. What is the best time of year to plant them? I assume now would be as good a time as any.

Carol Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Nice post! I love this idea, but I am uniquely terrible at growing things, my husband is too, so we don't have living plants, inside or out. We do have grass, but we pay someone to help take care of it. It isn't a good place to be, but we like to think we do well in other areas. :) Maybe I SHOULD do this with them, they might manage it better than we do.

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