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Washington Youth Garden

Sunflower Harvest

April Martin

As the summer sun is fading we decided to harvest the magnificent sunflowers in our garden. 

Charla had to stand on her tippy toes to remove the flowers from the stalks.

We brought the flowers inside and hung them up to dry. We dried the flowers for a month and a half before removing the seeds. They should be stored in a dry place; moisture might cause the seeds to rot. 

After the flowers had dried, we removed the seeds. We sifted through the seeds as we went since some of them were better than others.

Once we had removed all of the seeds we soaked them in warm salt water overnight.

Now that the seeds were good and salty, we roasted them at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. And, just like that, we had tasty sunflower seeds from our garden!

Written by: Abby (our wonderful new education intern!)