Birds in the Garden: Naughty or Nice?

As a gardener rather than a birder, I admit it's hard for me to think of birds as feathered friends rather than feathered foes. When considering birds in my garden space, I usually spend most of the time devising ways to keep them away from newly planted seeds and young seedlings instead of finding ways to encourage their presence in my garden space. But let's face it: Birds are here to stay. Is there any way my garden and the birds can co-habitate peacefully? According to a recent article in January/February 2012 issue Hobby Farm Home magazine, growers can create "bird friendly" spaces in their gardens that provide sustenance for our pollinator friends, and deter them from tender new growth planted for us. The article suggested trying to intentionally create a "bird seed garden," with an emphasis on plants and flowers that attract birds like sunflowers, cereal grains, and even hops. Intentionally growing a bird-friendly space away from your other growing endeavors will help deter the birds from seeking food from your flower beds and vegetable patches; not to mention, reduce your carbon footprint. How? Well, if a bird can acquire nutrition through seeds, grains, and even insects from your garden, less commercial seed will have to be purchased. The less seed refined and trucked to stores, means less green house emissions for our environment.

I know inviting birds into our gardens is a new concept to those of us with a green thumb. But this season of giving coupled with the fallow ground puts me in a generous mood. Gardens are therapeutic because they are places of respite and refreshment. I think our feathered friends could benefit from this too.

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