The sunflowers have all died back now, so my son and I spent some time pulling up the stalks, and clipping the heads to make our annual instant bird feeder. (See posting last year.)
Fall cleanup starts in our neighborhood this week, where the town comes by to pick up yard waste, and I’ve been very surprised to see some of my neighbors putting out whole sunflower heads as waste. Yes, the pretty flowers are gone, but those heads contain a lot of good eating for the birds.
Almost all of our heads were partially eaten so we didn’t bother to save any this year for craft projects, as we often do. My son just “planted” them upright in one of the raised garden beds for easy access for the birds.
From past experience, I can tell you that every head will be picked clean by the time I clean up all the dried heads in spring. While they are busy eating, we get to enjoy the fun of bird watching, as this is one huge feeder, and a whole flock can feed at once.
Sunflowers are a must have for my garden. I love multi-purpose plants and this is one of my favorites. Pretty flowers for me to enjoy and clip for bouquets; flowers that attract beneficial insects; and food for the birds to boot. What’s not to love?