Last-minute advice for sunflower success

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THE end of The News sunflower challenge is only a week away – but our gardening expert has some last-minute tips for growing success.

News gardening columnist Brian Kidd, from London Road, Waterlooville, says forking your soil and feeding a sunflower with plenty of liquid feed will make all the difference in giving your plant extra length.

Brian said: ‘If you want to give your sunflower a quick boost, fork the soil around the base of the flower to a depth of only a couple of inches.

‘Buy yourself some liquid feed and give your plant about two gallons.

‘The weather is on the wet side which will make sunflowers grow. There will also be a bit of sunshine soon so that will add a couple of inches to the size of a sunflower.’

It’s not too late to enter our challenge to find the area’s tallest sunflower. If your flower is a contender, we will come out and measure it with our special sunstick.

Closing date for entry is Friday, September 2. Entrants should call Miles O’Leary on (023) 9262 2114.

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