Category: Gardening

Random Morning Shots

grass 4

Just this morning, before putting myself to some online working stuff, I decided to stay disconnected and connect with nature as I breathe the early morning breeze experiencing God’s amazing gift of life.. Me in my domesticated mood, took sometime checking our already grass-filled mini lawn. I was amazed to see this beautiful creation left by an unused car tire lying on the ground where grass grew in the hollow part of it. I took a photo of the grass’ formation before weeding them out. Too bad, I forgot to take a photo of it still with the car tire serving as its foundation.


I was not able to take photo of the tire in its place so I am showing this. (nagpapaliwanag sa baranggay! LOL!)
 

All photos are photos are taken from my phone and I kept the first two it unedited (except for the watermark). The last photo is the edited version, just added some filters to sharpen it (in my most ambitious photo editor mood tone. *chuckles*)

Growing Sunflowers

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My eldest son brought home with him sunflower seedlings from school. He said he bought it and is excited to plant and grow them. The problem is, this mom has no idea how to do that! Thanks to Mr. Google, I found a lot of tips to get us started. Since he brought two kinds of seedlings, I also have to find out what are these!

 

Here are some facts about the Sunflower:

  • Sunflower seeds are usually a dark brown to black, or large, grey and white striped. They are basically separated by size. The giant varieties grow over ten feet. Regular sunflowers typically grow from six to ten feet. Miniatures are gaining in popularity as borders. They are very popular in Asia, and grow two to four feet.
  • Gardening Tips and How to Plant it
  • Choose a spot in the part of your garden which gets the most sun (6 – 8 hours a day is perfect), sheltered from strong winds and make sure there’s something nearby (like a fence) to tie the stem to. You don’t have to stick to one area of your garden: spread the colour!
  • To plant Sunflower seeds, it’s easiest to sow seeds directly into the soil which temperature has reached 55 to 60 degrees F. If you are sowing in a planter box or pot, sow about 4 to 8 seeds and thin out the weaker ones as they grow.
  • Plant the large seeds no more than 1 inch deep and 4 to 6 inches apart in well-dug, loose soil after it has thoroughly warmed, from mid-April to late May.
  • A light application of fertilizer mixed in at planting time will encourage strong root growth to protect them from blowing over in the wind.
  • Give plants plenty of room, especially for low-growing varieties that will branch out. Make rows about 30 inches apart. (For very small varieties, plant closer together.)
  • When the plants are six inches high, thin them to two feet.

Care

  • Water plants deeply but infrequently to encourage deep rooting.
  • Feed plants only sparingly; overfertilization can cause stems to break in the fall.
  • Tall species and cultivars require support. Bamboo stakes are a good choice for any plant that has a strong, single stem and needs support for a short period of time.

Got these tips mostly from almanac and wiki. I hope this also helps those who wants to plant sunflorwers (I am sure my son is not the only one who bought the seedlings :P). If you have any more tips for me, do let me know! Comment away! 🙂