GARDEN PLANTS FOR FEEDING BIRDS IN WINTER

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When I first started gardening, I used to lower all of my perennials and annuals in the fall. I never ever gave any believed to them being possible food for the birds.

As my gardens broadened and I had more and more plants, I began leaving a number of the taller plants in the garden for winter interest. (When whatever is covered by snow, the landscape looks baron and dismal.).

This routine likewise enabled me to stop going crazy about winterizing my gardens, and rather divided my garden clean-up jobs in between fall and spring to make things easier for myself.

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WHAT DO BIRDS CONSUME IN THE WINTER?

I’ve always liked to see the birds consume the berries on my barberry bushes in the winter season. However the very first year I intentionally left some plants in the garden for the winter, I got more excitement than I expected.

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I saw that the birds in the garden were likewise consuming the seeds from the plants I neglected there. How fun! Drawing in and feeding birds in winter was a total afterthought to my strategy.

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It makes a lot sense though, the birds help with the garden clean-up by eating the flower seeds. They likewise assist spread them around the garden, giving you new plants (which can be both a blessing and a curse).

Minnesota winter seasons are long and cold. It feels so great to continue to see life in the garden throughout the winter. And it’s a lot enjoyable to see the birds busy feeding upon the seeds in my garden.

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Numerous birds migrate out of Minnesota throughout winter (and who can blame them?). However there are several types of winter season garden birds that stay here, and they will continue to visit the gardens all winter season if there’s food for them.

PLANTS THAT FEED BIRDS IN WINTER.

The birds enjoy to consume garden seeds during the winter season. There are lots of various types of plants with seeds to feed the birds, both annual and perennial. Here are a few of my preferred plants for feeding birds in winter season …

Coneflowers.
Sunflowers.
Zinnias.
Marigolds.
Tall lawns.
Coreopsis.
Liatris.
Gaillardia.
Black Eyed Susan.
One word of care here, some plants will reseed themselves prolifically (specifically black-eyed Susans). So if there’s something you don’t want spreading like a weed, cut the seed avoids in the fall. I enjoy you birds, however I decline to leave the black-eyed Susan seed navigates your snacking satisfaction.

I’m definitely going to pay more attention to the plants that feed birds in winter season, and leave more out next year. Humm … perhaps I’ll have to plant more perennials that have seeds and berries for the birds too.

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