Video: Pumpkin Bird Feeder - watch Ben's video
Ben has recorded a video to show you how to create a pumpkin bird feeder!
One way to recycle the pumpkins after Halloween is to create a pumpkin bird feeder. Super simple and fun - and amazing for the birds, especially now it is getting colder.
1. Open up the top of the pumpkin up nice and wide using a knife.
2. Make 4 holes evenly spaced around the rim of the pumpkin
2. Cut one long piece of garden twine around 2 metres long and thread through the holes - then bring the threads together in the centre and tie. Make a loop with the remaining string.
4. Fill the pumpkin with seed (I put some crumpled up news paper beneath the seed to half fill the pumpkin to reduce seed waste).
5. Hang on a tree & watch the birds come
It won't last long but is worth a go!
Looking after your garden wildlife in October
Its Halloween this month so make sure your birds get a "treat"! Give your feeders and water baths a good clean with a 5% disinfectant solution. Using a stiff brush get into all the nooks and crannies to help remove any left over seed which can attract the bugs. It is also a good idea to move feeders around so droppings don't start building up underneath.
I know I mentioned this last month, but keeping a pile of leaves, logs and twigs is critical for all sorts of wildlife who need a warm, safe sanctuary over the winter months. Insects, hedgehogs, dormice will all love you for providing a haven for them! A thriving insect population then feeds the birds so this is critical to a healthy, vibrant garden the following Spring.
Looking after your garden wildlife in September
Log Pile House
Some insects do something called "overwintering" which means they "wait out" winter without hibernating. Lovely ladybirds are one such insect and they love nestling up in log piles to give them protection from the cold. So its a good idea to pile up logs and rocks in a corner of your garden and give them a little place to hide.
Don't Tidy up too much
Its tempting to clear your garden in September but its a good idea to leave seed heads of grasses and flowers and some fallen fruits to give food for those colder nights.
- Nikki Boxwild
Looking after your garden wildlife in August
Water, Water Everywhere
Water is often much needed in the dry days of August. So fill up your bird bath or just pop a plastic bowl of water out. For the birds make sure it is somewhere high up so they can spot predators. For hedgehogs and other ground animals pop a little saucer of water out and keep topped up.
You might feel your garden is a bit quiet this month. That is because the birds are sleepy! Many are moulting - an annual shedding of their feathers to get them ready for winter months.