Week 36 - Bird attracting plants
7 great food plants for birds
This native plant is a mainstay of countryside hedges and provides both berries and nesting sites for birds.
These berry-laden plants help sustain birds all through the winter.
Thick ivy climbing up a wall, fence or tree with its nutritious berries provide a feast for birds, especially in late winter/early spring when other food sources have all been eaten.
Crab-apples are a small tree suitable for may gardens and whilst their small apples are too bitter for human tastes (unless put into jellies), they are loved by birds.
5. Thistles and Teasels
A super tidy gardener may recoil at the thought of growing thistles but their seeds are adored by goldfinches. If you really cannot bear the thought of having thistles, teasels are a good alternative.
Let your garden giants go to seed and the birds will gobble them up in autumn and winter.
7. Insect attracting plants
OK so not a single plant but remember not all birds are vegetarian. Many are insect eaters so planting anything that attracts insects will be good for bringing in birds. Buddleia, herbs, cosmos, yarrow are all good choices and not using any pesticides will ensure you have insects to feed the birds.
For more tips on how to attract birds to your garden have a read of this earlier This earlier Weekly Green Tips I wrote - 7 ways to attract birds to your garden.
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