Back in May, I had Lance and the girls out in the vastness of the backyard, preparing for a new family project. We were attempting a great feat- a sunflower garden. I found the idea in a Family Fun magazine.
Lance, being way smarter in the gardening category, hacked and hewed a giant U shape in the dirt and then mixed all the soil up with horse manure. It was oh, so fragrant.
Then me and the girlies used packs of differing sunflower seeds to sow into the horseshoe. I got four varieties: Mammoth sunflowers that are supposed to grow up to 12 feet and actually produce sunflower seeds, some regular sunflowers that are supposed to grow up to 6 feet, some red sunflowers that are supposed to grow up to 5 feet and some kid-sized sunflowers that are supposed to grow up to 3-4 feet. We had a pretty good assembly line going. I, using a ruler and a teeny shovel, made little holes, Addie would fish the seeds out of the packs and Emma would drop them in and fill in the hole.
Then we watered and waited. Mother nature took her sweet time but eventually we began to see some teeny shoots grow taller.
Hardly the promised 12 feet, but getting there. We noticed the birds had snacked on the seeds we planted into the ground. They particularly liked the red sunflower seeds, so our little garden will lack that color.