Did you know that sunflowers have been around for 40 million years? (humans are only about 100,000 years old) Reasons to grow a few this year:
**the seeds are nutritious. Sunflower seeds are bought widely, so why not grow them? Make sure you are growing an edible seed variety. There are hybrids that may not be suitable for eating.
**they attract good bugs to your garden. Bright yellow flowers will attract pollinators which will help your other crops.
**kids love them, especially the really tall ones!
**birds feed on them. Grow a few near the house and watch the birds in the autumn. A natural, and very low maintenance, bird feeder.
**they look great!
NB: Only the seeds are edible. The flowers and other parts of the plant should NOT be consumed.