You can make this fun hiding spot for your children this summer.
You will need:
Two or three sampler packets of sunflower seeds. I like to mix it up: Mammoth Russian for the classic eight- to 10-foot-tall yellow sunflower with a brown-black center, closely alternated with Evening Sun for variations in russet, red, brown and yellow, also eight to 10 feet tall. The height range should be close if you mix up the varieties.
Two or three sampler packets of annual morning glory vines. Go crazy with color if you want, but blue is our favorite.
A plot of dirt that's tilled or weeded and loosened with a rake. If you want to use a grassy area, that'll work, as long as you don't mow it once the seedlings start coming up!
Mark out a square, rectangle or other shape (creativity counts!). Let your little ones help with the shape.
Next divide up your seeds so you have an equal number of each type and variety of seed for each "wall" of the room.
Time to plant!
Alternate varieties if you have more than one. The Mammoth Russian is a single-stalk variety, and the Evening Sun has multiple stalks, so this helps fill in the lower areas of the "walls."
We have found that four to five inches apart works pretty well.
Important! In each hole or spot in the row that you plant a sunflower seed, place two morning glory seeds in that same spot. Right alongside.
Check your children's placement of seeds... this will be vital to the roof of the house.
After all the seeds are lined up in the shape of your walls, make sure you left a hole on at least one side for a door!
Finally, cover the seeds with soil, water well, and watch them grow.
As the morning glory vines start, twine them up the stalk of their sunflower pals. After about six weeks you should be able to string a network of twine between the sunflower heads.
The morning glories will twine along the string ceiling and form a beautiful blue canopy for the sunflower house.
I will post pictures of my children's sunflower room as soon as the seedlings poke their heads up.
Hope you have fun with this project. And tell us your kid gardening tips!