Sunflower Saver

Img_06071A tip for those with dogs and flowers: 

Last year the pups trampled my sunflower seedlings before they could get properly established.  So this year, I took this old broken part of a sundial that I bought at the "Junque" store--Who knew you could make junk cool just by changing the spelling?--and put it over the top of the seeds after planting.  Sunflowers can grow through it, dogs can't jump on top of them--genius!  In a few days I'm going to remove the sundial, and let the sunflowers continue on their merry way.