Here comes the sun(flowers)

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Guy’s grown a huge crop of organic sunflowers on our farm in France; we’ve around 100,000 glorious heads and the crop has been thronging with bumblebees. No nasty chemicals here! There’s more wildlife benefits to come closer to home too…. Guy’s decided to give them away in most veg boxes, once the flowers have dried a little.

Here’s what he has to say about it:

Watching the Vendéen bird population feasting on my bowing sunflower heads and realising it was barely worth harvesting our measly two hectares for oil, I had the idea that you might like to use them as bird feeders. If you don’t have a garden or balcony please pass the sunflower on to someone else.

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How to hang your sunflower:
1. Use a pencil or biro to make a hole about 3cm from the rim
2. Thread a piece of string through
3. Hang it up with the seeds facing the side, so birds can access them easily, and high enough so cats can’t catch feeding birds
4. It may take a few days for English birds (unaccustomed to sunflowers) to catch on, but they will

Some may have a few seeds missing, as birds are already feasting on them in the field.

Finches, house sparrows and willow tits are partial. If you manage to get any photos of feasting birds, we would love to see them. Please share at www.facebook.com/riverford and www.twitter.com/riverford.

6 responses to “Here comes the sun(flowers)

  1. Does that mean they’re not fit for human consumption? Nothing better than sunflower seeds on a salad or for a snack!

  2. I would be interested to hear more about your work with local zoos, if you have enough spare sunflower heads to share. It sounds a great idea as an enrichment activity.

  3. Disappointed not to find sunflower in my box today. Was that because I ‘chose my own’ produce? Quite a few people feed the birds from our tower block and I thought it would be possible to secure the flower outside the window. If not, we have a copse at the back.

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