Spring Garden Tips
Family Fun Feeding the Birds

Plants are the easiest way to bring birds into your landscape, but you may want to increase the number and diversity of winged visitors by supplementing with a few feeders.

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And how about getting the whole family involved by making a few of the feeders yourself.

Let’s start by recycling some leftovers from the breakfast table.

Use the rind from that grapefruit and fill it with thistle seed for the finches or grape jelly for the cedar waxwings and hang it in a tree.

feeding the birdsThe stale bagel need not go into the garbage. Simply coat it with peanut butter or homemade suet and roll it in birdseed. Run a colorful ribbon through the hole and you are ready to go. This also works with stale bread cut into interesting shapes or evergreen cones.

You can also make sunflowers into feeders. Punch 4 evenly spaced holes in the flower head with a screwdriver. Run twine or colorful yarn through the holes to create a hanger.

These homemade feeders make great gifts for kids to make and give away.

A bit more information: Or recycle a few items into attractive bird feeders. Nature and garden centers as well as on-line stores have attachments for converting colorful wine bottles and plastic soda bottles into feeders. Or make your own. I recently saw a gardener use wooden spoons as perches for the birds. They placed the spoon through the bottle cutting a slightly larger hole on the spoon side. The seed falls into the spoon where the birds perch and eat. They placed an eye hook in the screw on top and hung it from the tree with twine.

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