DIY Bird Feeders – How to Make a Bird Feeder

DIY Bird Feeders
There are tutorials available for all of these bird feeders.

With the weather cooling in many parts of the country (I’m still waiting here in Texas, but it will happen eventually.), it’s time to think about our feathered friends. Construct one of these DIY Bird Feeders and make it a little easier for birds to find nutrition.

I think all of the examples are elegant. These bird feeders will not only make the birds happy, you’ll enjoy them too. Who doesn’t like watching birds in their garden? I bet you also know someone who would appreciate one of these for their garden. Make one as a Christmas gift. That’s what I’m thinking of doing. I have wine bottles on hand, so I’m leaning toward that design. I also have terracotta pots that I could re-purpose. All of these great designs use recycled materials.

Here’s your key to the DIY Bird Feeders:

  1. DIY Bird Feeder using a Melamine Bowl and Plate
  2. DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeders
  3. DIY Bird Feeder from a Flower Pot
  4. DIY Tea Cup Bird Feeder
  5. DIY Tea Cup Hanging Bird Feeder
  6. DIY Acorn Bird Feeder (site unavailable as of June 2014)

DIY Bird Feeders for the Kids

If you want a project you can work on with the kids, consider Bird Seed Feeders.

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Spring Gardening – Make Origami Paper Pots

I love spring. I take pleasure in seeing my garden mature. I also enjoy watching seeds turn to plants. I’m like a kid; I check my little paper pots everyday to see if a seed has sprouted. If ever there were something to be considered a miracle – it is a beautiful plant born from a seed no bigger than a pin’s head.

This year, I started my seeds in origami paper pots. I was inspired by a  very informative video for constructing paper pots for seedlings. The great thing is when the plants have matured enough to endure the elements, I can plant the entire pot. The paper will dissolve. Making these seed pots is a pleasant project to work on while watching TV.

Recycle Paper for Seed Pots
My origami seed pots with plant markers.
Seedlings in origami seed pots
Sprouts are beginning to appear for poppies, money plant, and basil. I anticipate more sprouts for other plants in a few days.

Other good things are already growing in the garden.

The beginning of a rhubarb plant. I have two of these plants underway. I can’t wait for pie! Me oh my!

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you planted an onion that sprouted in your refrigerator?

I planted the onion. It will make beautiful ornamental flowers and the leaves can be trimmed and used in salads or recipes calling for green onions. Don’t expect baby onions though!

I grow an abundance of herbs (rosemary, thyme, onion and garlic chives, two varieties of mint, bergamot, etc.). Here is a view of a sage plant. I let it blossom so that the bees can enjoy it. I plant for myself and for the bees which need all the help they can get these days. Purple and blue flowers are most attractive to bees.

Sage is a wonderful herb and it will seed itself in other places in your garden. You’ll be surprised where it will show up.

A garden is incomplete without flowering plants.

I have no idea what this plant is, but it’s in my garden because I liked its little bell-like flowers.
A view of herbs. A butterfly plant rests in the foreground.
Tommy sits at the end of the garden path.

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Growing Bee Balm

I found Bee Balm (also known as Bergamot) in a garden nursery in a section of plants labeled “adored by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.” I liked the color of this variety, and bees and butterflies are most attracted to blue and purple flowers.

I was interested in this fact because we are in the midst of a honey bee crisis – colonies are collapsing everywhere. The next time you are in the produce section of the grocery store, consider this: agricultural crops worldwide are pollinated by bees. Often bees are shipped into areas to pollinate crops. If we don’t take an interest in what is happening to bees, we may soon see empty produce bins and shelves. You must also consider all the plant life that sustains the animals we eat as well (e.g., cows, sheep, pigs). Bees are essential to our survival!

You will not be disappointed by the show of wildlife attracted to Bee Balm.

If you’re a gardener, you should add this perennial to a sunny space in your yard. If you live in a hot climate like I do, this plant is ideal. The only negative characteristic of Bee Balm is that it is a “spreader” like mint, so you’ll have to periodically extract portions from the growing area or it will overtake everything.

I enjoy the blooms in the spring and fall.

Bee Balm like other herbs can be used to make a tea or added to other food to enhance flavor.

  • For tea: Place a tablespoon of fresh or one teaspoon of dried Bee Balm leaves and/or flowers in a tea strainer and pour one cup of boiling water over it. Allow it to steep for ten minutes. Remove tea strainer. Sweeten as you like.
  • Chop the leaves and flowers finely and add to fruit salads for extra flavor.

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