May 24, 2015
I tried all last summer to grow giant sunflowers next to the deck. I wanted the flower faces to be at eye level during midsummer dinners so we could watch the birds fly in and eat the seeds. But some asshole from the neighborhood wildlife community kept creeping by in the middle of the night and digging up the seeds for a late night snacks. After loosing another row of seeds this spring I planted some in an egg carton in the house. Every day I put the seedlings outside for a day of sun and then I bring them back in at dusk to keep them safe. They're a few inches high now and I think I have to put them in the dirt or watch them suffer from not enough root room. I'm going to try to devise a screen or some sort so they don't get bitten off at the base and munched late in the night. It makes me anxious. It's scary to send my sprouts out into the backyard... Imagine when I have to send my actual children out into the world!