Build a Sunflower House

A sunflower house is a great way to get your children out and about in the garden.

Build a Sunflower House

The size of the sunflower house is up to you, but make sure that it will be large enough for your Little Trekkers to fit inside the house. The ideal size would be around 4 metres by 4 metres but you can always go smaller. You just need to make sure to pick a sunny spot!

The taller the sunflowers are the better! Varieties that grow at least 1½ metres are the best according to our Little Trekkers Ambassador Fiona who inspired us with her creation a while ago.

When you’re ready to plant your sunflowers dig a trench in the area where you would like to grow your sunflower house. The trench should be the dimensions of your sunflower house and around 2 ½ cm (1 inch in old money) deep.

Plant your sunflower seeds along the insides of the trenches about 20 cm apart and then re-cover with the soil you have dug out. Remember to leave a gap un-seeded big enough for your Little Trekkers get in and out for the sunflower house. This will be the doorway.

You will need to water your sunflower house daily to make sure that your seeds get enough water and that the area never gets too dry. Sunflowers are always a great flower to grow as you can see their progress day by day which is always great for impatient little green fingered ones.

sunflower hat

When your sunflowers have started to grow and are about 1½ metres tall, you can start to shape the roof, to do this all you have to do is gently tie baling twine around a flower on one side of the house, securing it just below the sunflower head, then slowly pull the plant towards the flower opposite it and loop the free end of the twine around that flower's stem. Slowly pull the two plants together until the tops meet and knot the twine to hold them in place. As the plants continue to grow, you can adjust them as you wish.

Once your roof is complete you can enjoy playing in your sunflower house as much as you like, you could even put garden furniture in it.

Little Trekkers Top Tip
At the end of the summer, collect as many sunflower seeds as you can from your sunflowers. You can wrap the seeds in paper towel and place them in a jar to be stored in a cool, dark area. Then they can be used again the following year.
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