Sometimes the weather, with dark, cold, damp, or snowy days just gets us down in the dumps. One person thought up the design for the birdhouse pictured, and another created the second. Imagine what you can do on such a day that may brighten a bird’s heart.
A bird will nest in any shape of birdhouse even if it is fantasy at its best. The only deciding criteria for birds are the sizes of the hole where they enter and leave. Most builders leave the perch off due to predators entering and destroying babies in the nest.
To attract blue birds, we must be willing to clean out the nest early each spring. Somehow, blue birds need house cleaners. A bluebird house with an old, dirty nest, causes bluebirds to fly right past to a freshly cleaned abode. They do, however prefer a house with an entrance hole the perfect size.
Holes that fit the likes of many birds are 1½”, 1¼”, 1 1/8”, and 1 9/16”. To place the birdhouse look up individual birds you see building nests and follow their lead. It is simply fun to locate a bird feeder, bird bath, and birdhouse close to a window or sliding door. Then, on days when the weather is no fun outdoors, we have a built in entertainment center right outside the big window, waiting for us to plug in.
It is especially fun watching when the feeder has suet and black oil sunflower seed. These two foods are attractive to many birds and you can even keep a record of the number of birds found at the feeder during morning and afternoon hours.
Birds are always interesting, colorful, and have many habits as “birdbrain” of several weeks ago, and the deck patrol white crested sparrow, who visited again winter.
A follow-up on soil thermometers written two weeks ago: soil thermometers are available locally in complete garden shops and plant nurseries, call first. They are also listed in some catalogs and on the internet.
Proper soil temperatures are a sure way to success in raising garden transplants from seed for transplanting into vegetable pots, long row gardens, or raised beds.
Purchasing seed of special varieties your family enjoys are a sure way to get those seed rather than purchasing plants labeled, collards or whatever. Buy what you prefer, plant a few seeds at a time over several weeks for continous fresh food to enjoy. Organic or heirloom seeds are always best, especially to save seed.
Free charts of best planting soil temperatures for vegetables and herbs are provided as gift to you. The Herald and Tribune is giving away small chart reprints in their office located at 702 W. Jackson Highway, (Highway 11E), Jonesborough.
To receive your free copy, simply stop by the office between Tuesday, March 5 and Friday, March 7, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Three days only.