How to harvest sunflower seeds

Not only are there many interesting facts about sunflowers, they also provide a variety of uses even after they have been cut. One of which is harvesting their seeds for either eating or re-planting. Here is what you need to know. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SUNFLOWER FOR HARVESTINGNot all types of sunflower are ideal for harvesting…

Tara Gillen Photography

Here at The Secret Farm, we continuously work hard to give you the best possible PYO experience. We also feel that everyone deserves acknowledgement whether you’re a staff member or visitor. During our PYO Pumpkin Patch 2021, a professional photographer attended our event and provided her services to capture the very best moments during the…

5 health benefits of carrots

Carrots have a magnitude of health benefits which is why they’re referred as a superfood. Here are only a few of their key advantages: 1. Rich source of dietary carotenoids As their name suggests, carrots are rich in plant compounds called carotenoids – these compounds accumulate in the root, the part we most enjoy eating. About 80…

6 tasty sweetcorn recipes

Sweetcorn is such a simple ingredient but can create some complex and wonderful dishes. Below are my favorite recipes found across the web. Chinese chicken and sweetcorn soup recipe Warm up with a comforting bowl of broth with this Asian-inspired chicken and sweetcorn soup recipe. Ready in just 20 minutes, it’s great for busy weeknights.…

Bee-Friendly Sunflowers

Did you know? Sunflowers can grow to astounding heights – the world record for the tallest stands at a staggering 30 feet. There are over 70 different varieties of sunflower including the Russian mammoth, the elf, the teddy bear and the moulin rouge. Sunflowers have many uses. The seeds provide food for us and wild…

Roast the perfect potato

What is the heart of the traditional roast dinner? Roast potatoes! Whether picked from our farm or shop bought, below I share a great recipe on how to perfect your roast taters’. Step 1 Preheat the oven to 250°C/230°C Fan/gas mark 9/500°F. If you don’t have a double oven, you will have to do this…

Care for cut sunflowers

Once cut, sunflowers need to be maintained to ensure longevity. Here are a few tips on how to keep them looking happy and healthy. When to cut sunflowersThe morning you plan to cut your flowers, fill a clean bucket half full of warm water, between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a clean, sharp knife…

Interesting facts about sunflowers

We always aim to brighten up your day as much our sunflowers like to shine. Here are some interesting facts about them. 1 – Each sunflower is actually thousands of teeny flowersThe blossom of the sunflower is called a head. The yellow petals andfuzzy brown centers are actually individual flowers themselves. Asmany as 2,000 can…

Decorate with dahlias

The dahlias we grow are too beautiful to be displayed somewhere where no one will see! In this blog, I will share some tips to creatively show off their beauty for maximum appreciation. Bottle Vase Displays The thing about dahlias is that they usually have straight stems and the flowers usually point outwards like a…