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.
And how about getting the whole family involved and make a few of the feeders yourself.
Let's start by recycling a few 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.
The 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 and 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.
A bit more information: In spring give the birds a helping hand by providing some nesting material. Place colorful yarn, dryer lint or pieces of string in a suet feeder. Watch the birds come and retrieve bits for their nests. Then grab the binoculars and take the family on a walk through the neighborhood. Look for nests that contain the colorful yarn and other nesting materials you provided.
Upcoming Live Events
Feb. 28, 2024
Create a Beautiful Landscape Free of Invasive Plants in Wisconsin Gardens
Feb. 29, 2024
How to Plan Your Rain Garden
March 6, 2024
Growing Summer Bulbs in Containers
March 7, 2024
Wauwatosa Public Library
March 13, 2024
Hydrangea Selection, Pruning & Care
March 14, 2024
How to Select Rain Garden Plants
March 20, 2024
Maximize the Beauty and Enjoyment
in Any Small Space
March 23, 2024
REALTORS Home & Garden Show
West Allis, WI
March 27, 2024
How to Start a Garden for Beginners
April 3, 2024
Franklin Public Library
April 10, 2024
Container Gardening Throughout the Year
April 11, 2024
7 Steps to Managing Water Where it Falls in Your Yard
April 20, 2024
Pasquesi Home & Gardens
Lake Bluff, IL
April 27, 2024
Ridges & Rivers Book Festival
April 28, 2024
Ebert's Greenhouse Village
May 1, 2024
Ornamental Fruits and Vegetables
WATCH ON-DEMAND WEBINARS