We’re giving free sunflower seeds to every household in and around Emsworth. This is an enjoyable and colourful project that will help everyone to understand the importance of flowers to birds, bees, and our environment generally.
There will be a fun competition that will be judged at the Emsworth Horticultural Show on Monday 26 August at its new home outside Emsworth’s New Life Church. A prize will be awarded for the best picture of a sunflower grown from one of our seeds.
Please post your pictures on WemsFest’s Facebook page here. Feel free to post pictures of your sunflowers as they grow!
Seeds are available from the following shops in Emsworth and Westbourne:
Bookends, Citrus Flowers, Vin Wine Merchants, Emsworth Hardware, Westbourne Animal Feeds
Seeds are being provided to pupils at the following schools:
Emsworth Primary, Glenwood, St. James’, Southbourne, Thorney Island, Westbourne
Planting your sunflower seeds
Seeds can go straight into weed-free ground, or can be grown in a pot. They will do best in a sunny position
If planting in the ground, rake the soil so that it’s crumbly
Plant the seeds 12mm deep at least 45cm apart, or in separate pots
Protect against slugs and snails as shoots appear
Support the stem with a cane as the plant begins to grow
Please make sure that you only plant the seeds on your own property. Please do not plant them in any public places. Thanks.