Mr. Local History’s #growlocalhistory Project

Mr Local History Grow Local History project

Trying to Make Somerset County Grow with Free Sunflowers and Some Local History

Who doesn’t love a good challenge and some free stuff. This one is a fun one to see if we can promote growing in the Somerset Hills. Let us introduce the inaugural “Mr. Local History Grow Local History” project. Locals come get your pack of locally grown sunflower seeds and lets see how many new gardens we can create.

Get your free sunflower seeds in the yellow box just below the sunflowers on W. Oak Street in Basking Ridge . As you can see, our mailman probably hates us!!!!!!

The #growlocalhistory project is simple. Come find the yellow bucket and get a pack of sunflower seeds. As you will note, they are a hearty breed and very easy to plant.

All we ask in return is once your sunflowers grow, visit us online and share a photo. That’s it.

Find the Mr. Local History Sunflower box. Read the simple instructions and take a few packs.


The “Thumb planting method”

Planting your sunflower seeds are very simple. First find a sunny spot (should have sun most of the day). Then we suggest you use a broom handle or similar device (your finger if the soil is soft enough) and go down about an inch or two. Put two or three seeds in each hole. Cover and water. That’s IT.


Your seeds will take about 8 weeks to complete their growth. After the tops wane, cut off the flower, and put them in a paper bag. Come back a month later and rub the seeds off the flower. Keep them in the paper bag and save till next summer.

Here’s the History Lesson

While we like any idea that shares and promotes local history, this one is simple. IF YOU DON’T CUT DOWN THE FLOWERS, I GUARANTEE HISTORY WILL REPEAT ITSELF IN THE SAME SPOT WHETHER YOU WANT TO SEE THEM OR NOT.

Happy Local History.

Where to get your FREE seeds for the #growlocalhistory project?

Basking Ridge – 184 W. Oak Street.
(Look for the yellow Preen Box under the blooming sunflowers around our mailbox.

Remember, all we ask is once your sunflowers grow,  visit us online and share a photo.

Just look for the bunch of sunflowers on the southbound side of West Oak Street.
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