Planting sunflowers is a perfect first gardening project for kids. They are one of the easiest flowers to plant from seed directly into the earth. They quickly grow into large magical flowers that kids love to admire and enjoy.
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Planting Sunflowers with Kids
Planting Sunflowers Supplies
- Crazy Sunflower Seed Packet Assortment
- Mattock/Cultivator with 14-Inch Wood Handle and/or 4-Tine Forged Cultivator and/or Wheel Hoe
Planting Sunflowers Directions
Sunflowers should be planted early in the spring. Start them about a week or two after your last expected frost.
Step 1 — Prepare to Plant
First, look for a sunny spot in your yard or garden. Sunflowers love sun!
Next, use a cultivator of some kind to prepare the soil for planting. There are many types to choose from. I have recommended a few above. We cultivated a large section of our yard for the photo’s below with a wheel hoe.
If your soil has a lot of clay or sand in it. Your sunflowers will do a lot better if you mix in some organic compost or organic soil before planting. Shovel it onto the earth and use a cultivator or garden rake to mix it in.
You also need to make sure that the ground is moist where you will be planting. Water first.
Step 2 — Plant Sunflowers
Below is a photo collage of my mom showing exactly how to plant a sunflower seed with her experienced gardening hands.
In the photos below we used a different type of cultivator in other areas of our yard where we wanted to plant sunflowers.
In the next photo, my daughter demonstrates that even a 2.5-year-old can easily plant a sunflower seed.
The soil above needed to have compost mixed in. You can see how much clay is in it. We ended up taking out my daughters seed and mixing it in after these photos were taken. Afterward, my daughter replanted the seed and several more.
Planting sunflowers in a circle is even more fun. Kids love to hide away in sunflower forts! To learn more about how to do this check out How to build a sunflower house by Lasso the Moon.
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My mother, daughter, and I had a wonderful time getting outside, connecting, and planting sunflowers. We hope you do too!
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