Such a rudimentary question....but this is my first year with a garden....so here's the dumb question if the day: should I still be watering the kale, cabbage, Brussels, and sunflowers? I want the sunnies to go to seed so should I be watering them?
This time of year we do not have to water, just rain is enough. But I suggest looking up some way to prevent the birds from getting your sunflowers. Keep watching the heads to determine how far along the seeds are growing. When ready, cut and dry the head somewhere where mice cannot get them.
7thSwan, how do you know when the sunflower heads are ready to bring in and dry? Last year a lot of them molded. This year the gold finches have been feasting on the heads. I don't mind so much since they were all volunteer but it would be nice to hang a few in the winter months.
Have you heard of any practical way to de-shell sunflower seeds other than cracking them with your teeth and popping out the meat? We like to eat them too!
myfourfireflies, I would continue to throw compost or some other type of fertilizer around the kale to keep those green leaves producing. I have wild kale and lacinato kale and they are really doing gangbusters in this cooler weather.
I have nylon produce bags with a fine mesh. I have found that EARWIGS love sunflowers. BLECH. I am thinking about just tying cheesecloth. I have grown these a couple of times at my first home about 10 years ago but ugly little worms got to them first and then the squirrels came and cut them down and hauled them off!!! I want to WIN the Battle of The Sunnies this year! (I only have a few but still....THEY. ARE. MINE. LOL)
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