I harvested sunflower seeds from my garden today. I knew the sunflowers were ready for picking because the flower petals were gone, the leaves were brown, and a few seeds were already loose. I just cut the stem, and rubbed my thumb across the seeds to loosen them. Most of the seeds fell out effortlessly. For the stubborn seeds I used a spoon to work them out. My thumb is not fond of splinters.
I am going to save some seeds for planting next season, but I am going to roast the rest. This will be my first time roasting sunflower seeds. I am going to follow the instructions on the National Sunflower Association website.
I really enjoyed growing these flowers. The blooms are large and showy, they last a long time, and I get a nice treat from them at the end of the season!