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Winter Garden Prep: Birds & Bees

Winter Garden Prep: Birds & Bees

photo credit to empressofdirt.net

photo credit to empressofdirt.net

The best way to attract birds and insects to your garden is by planting pollinating plants and wild flowers. Make sure there’s at least one plant flowering in your garden at any time of the year for bees – as rather than hibernating, they simply become less active. Lavender, rosemary and thyme are loved by butterflies and bees alike, while birds flock to plants and trees that produce berries and seeds. Holly, spindle, fire-thorn and crab apple all help build them up for winter. You can also leave dead stems on plants in the border over winter as they may provide homes and shelter for many insects including some bees. 

If you haven’t already make sure you put out a bird bath. It’s a great way to provide water for birds, especially during cold spells in winter, a shallow dish will suffice (away from where cats could attack!). For an all-year-round feed, choose black sunflower seeds, Nyjer seeds and natural peanuts, as these have a higher oil content. Bird cakes and food bars are great for the winter – but remember to remove the nylon, as these can injure birds.

There is a great round-up of tips over at empressofdirt.net. Lots of information to help with your birds and bees care through the winter time. Make sure you get a head start, hop over there now by clicking the link below……

Winter Garden Prep: Birds & Bees