Bird Feeder x 2

curls – Look what the cat dragged in two grandchildren! Oh my! Oh my! What to do. I’ve got it! A bird feeder.

birdfeederI had  bought a bird feeder kit from Joann’s last year. It had two kits in it. When Taylor and Mason showed up last week, I remembered about the feeders. Next time I will remember that the bottles will hang up side down. I thought of this about half way through decorating.

feederSo here is Taylor’s finished feeder. Please do not notice that the name is upside down. Oh well, the birds can’t read. Taylor left her feeder at Grandma’ s house. Mason took his home.  The birds love it. 🙂

BLAME YOUR SISTER!

– It all started with my sister. She lent me some Birds & Blooms magazines. This magazine has some of the most interesting ideas to make. Now I can’t stop looking for new ideas for my garden. I see them every where. Oh I can use egg cartons for seed starters. I have made fire starters out of egg cartons, but I have never used them for seeds.

I went on line to order some safflower seeds that Q wanted to grow. The first batch of seeds I planted just one came up. I called Q and said something was eating my seeds and leaving the shell. She told me it was birds. I wasn’t aware that the birds would eat the seeds, so I put plastic over the top until they started to sprout.

I use what Q calls “the sponge effect” to water. You water from the bottom. The water is soaked up by the carton and keeps the seeds and plants moist. Then I found another great idea, you guessed it, in another Birds & Blooms, to transfer my seedlings to.

Well you guessed it. Recycle your plastic juice or soda container.  I planted cosmos in four of the containers and have transplanted some of the safflower seedlings. I like the square juice jars. They fit great together. Here is how to change that juice or soda jar in to a planter.

Cut container in two.

Put the two together.

Place a rock in the bottom.

Fill with soil. Use “the sponge effect” here, also, to water.

This all start because of my wonderful sister giving me something to read!