Gardening has been a lifelong passion for Wende and she’d like to share her passion with her readers. Follow her as she writes about her gardening adventures, lists tasks to do depending on the season, and gives easy to understand gardening advice.
This time of the year we gardeners can't garden. This is one of the many reasons I hate winter. With time on your hands your mind starts to wander - you worry about your plants freezing, you are wondering if bunnies are eating the tender bark of your shrubs and hoping that the birds are using your plants for food and shelter. What else can you do? Many of us take this time to make plans for the changes they want to make to their landscapes in the spring. One of my favorite things to do is to go through seed catalogs. Another favorite thing I do is to hit my stack of gardening magazines that I never seem to have time for during the growing season.
One of my favorite gardening magazines is Gardening How-To created by the National Home Gardening Club. They have a great website too: www.gardeningclub.com . You can also get on their email list and they will send you their weekly Extra Dirt newsletter. At least for a few minutes I can forget about the cold and snow and take delight in their beautiful pictures and informative articles about birds, featured plants, tips from members, photo contests, and even pest advice. Take a look for yourself and escape - even if it's for a couple of minutes.
Why do we feed the birds? Because we want to watch them! I always feel bad for the birds that have to brave our cold winters, so I make sure that they always have something to eat if they are anywhere near my yard. You can provide most any type of bird seed and you will attract birds, but if you'd like a variety of birds, you need to use the right type of feeders and fill them with their preferred food.
If you want simplicity, put out black-oil sunflower seeds. This one seed will attract the widest variety of birds. If you'd like to see finches, bluejays, and other pickier eaters, read on.