Sunflowers as a structural item on the plot, more than just pretty flowers ?

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If God had asked an Architect to come up with a plant, the winning designer would have been a sunflower...

In my Native American gardening book from 1880 (Hidatsas from Missouri) the very first plant that they sow in the 1st week of April is 'Sunflowers'. I've always thought this strange.

Imagine If I had an early variety of SF that I planted indoors in big pots in m.Feb and then plant out post-last-frost l.April. Along the centre axis of my mounded onion bed, i plant x4 large pot SF. During these early wetter months they would act as moisture pumps reducing the soggy bottomness. Then come may (flowers appear) I lop the head off and strip 60% of the leaves to reduce transpiration and sow beans at there bases.

So Sunflowers can act as Moisture pumps for soggy onion beds and then bean canes...  ;)8)

"How is that allotment site, I'd heard its heavy going, clay like..."

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It's crazy... but it might just work  :tongue2:

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Give it a go!!
Wisdom is knowing what to ignore - be comfortable in your own skin

Link to my blog: www.alittlebitofsunshine.co.uk

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And take some pictures!  I love the idea ...
All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about (Charles Kingsley)



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