Grow Your Own Magazine

Navbar button growfruitandveg.co.uk Logo
Forum Navigation

+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 9 to 16 of 19
  1. #9
    Cab
    Cab is offline Seedling
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    53

    Default

    Oh, as for why to grow them on the plot, I grow them to cut the flowers for the table, and because I think they look great on the plot. Last count, I think I've got seven varieties.

  2. #10
    Patsy is offline Seedling
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Midlands
    Posts
    94

    Default

    When I took my allotment over there was an big patch of marjoram (or maybe oregano? can't tell the difference) which flowers and attracts loads of hoverflies,bumble and ordinary bees, butterflies and other insects. Not only benefical, can eat the herb and a marvellous place to take time out to "stand and stare". I also grow jerusalem artichokes (sunflower family) which have small flower heads and am hoping they'll have the same effect as their larger cousins.

  3. #11
    WiZeR is offline Tuber
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    NW Kent
    Posts
    552

    Default

    What do you grow your sunflowers in? Staight into the soil? Do they need to be supported?

  4. #12
    Cab
    Cab is offline Seedling
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    53

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Patsy
    I also grow jerusalem artichokes (sunflower family) which have small flower heads and am hoping they'll have the same effect as their larger cousins.

    They never seem to be quite so good at attracting insects as sunflowers, but they're not bad. Its a tough call for me between taking the flower heads of jerusalem artichokes (incresing yield by 10% or even more) and letting them flower (I like the flowers!).

  5. #13
    Cab
    Cab is offline Seedling
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    53

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by WiZeR
    What do you grow your sunflowers in? Staight into the soil? Do they need to be supported?
    I grow shorter varieties on the plot mostly, but the odd larger one I support with a cane. Start them off indoors, harden off, and plant out when there's no risk of frost. Our seeds go in some time in March.

  6. #14
    Nicos's Avatar
    Nicos is offline 'Allo 'Allo !
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Normandy (61) France
    Posts
    46,200

    Default

    We grew our sunflowers in a plot 4ft x 12ft using an old frame usually used for growing runner beans. The frame just fitted into the plot and we supported the growing plants with canes and plastic twine.We grew a vast variety of sunflowers of different heights and the Russian Giants were well supported by the crossbar along the top. Some we left for the birds, and others we brought home over a period of several weeks. They looked fantastic! The tallest was about 10ft with an 18ins flower - not bad for 1st timers! Must admit slugs were a problem though.There were about 30 plants transplanted directly into the soil in that area.One multi-headed stem was a flower arrangement all on it's own!

  7. #15
    Clarea1's Avatar
    Clarea1 is offline Sprouter
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Nr, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire
    Posts
    111

    Default

    You can eat nasturshum (sp?) and geranium petals and some varities of lavender flower heads can be used in cakes etc. Dwarf munstead says it can be eaten.

  8. #16
    nick the grief's Avatar
    nick the grief is offline Gardening Guru
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Sunny Nunny, Warwickshire
    Posts
    6,113

    Default

    You can eat squirrel Nicos, in posh London Resturants it's called flightless Partridge , presumably to appease the bunny hugger that don't have allotments

    I've just found some seed in the bottom of my seed tin, so I'll try them for anti black fly uses this year.

Similar Threads

  1. sunflowers
    By starloc in forum The Flower Mill
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 13-04-2009, 06:32 PM
  2. Sunflowers
    By jackie j in forum General chitchat
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-09-2008, 10:34 AM
  3. Sunflowers
    By mrdinkle in forum The Flower Mill
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 20-06-2008, 10:57 PM
  4. National Allotments week - Leicester allotments open days.
    By seasprout in forum Allotment Finder
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-08-2007, 06:30 PM
  5. sunflowers
    By YORKSHIRELASS in forum The Flower Mill
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 21-08-2006, 12:11 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts