Sunflower stems ?

Sunflower stems ?

Hello, Today I pulled up my sunflowers , I'm not sure if that was the right thing to do but they looked pretty sad and droopy. I've stripped the leaves and put them on the compost heap (not sure if that was the right thing to do either but they are mixed in well with a load of shredded paper) and I am drying the heads indoors. Does anyone have any suggestions for what I can do with the stalks/stems ? I was thinking about drying them out and using them as kindling for the fire. Does anyone have a better suggestion ?


the big orange one is nearly 50 pounds.

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