When natural food sources become gradually more and more scarce as the colder weather creeps in, birds rely on you and your Budding Gardeners to keep your bird feeders topped up. As well as a fantastic range of bird feeders and bird feed at Hetland Garden Centre, you can spend time with your Budding Gardeners making your very own at home! Here is a guide on how you can create your very own bird feeder and a recipe for a delicious bird cake! Children with nut allergies should take precautions.
Clean up your plastic drink bottles or empty milk bottles
Wire (wire coat hangers are quite handy!) or string
Good Quality Bird seed (Hetland Garden Centre has plenty to choose from!)
Cut a hole in the side of the drink or milk bottle. You need to make a hole big enough to allow birds to freely get at the seeds. If you make the hole too big though, the seeds will all fall out onto the grass!
Cut a few small holes in the bottom to let any rainwater collected run out of the bottom. Nobody likes mushy bird feed.
Use some of the wire or string to hang your bird feeder from a tree or any other desirable spots you think the birds would like to dine in your garden restaurant.
Be sure to keep the feeder topped up (especially in the winter) and keep an eye on mould! If it looks a little mouldy, take the feeder down, go back to the beginning and start again!
Bird Feed Cake
Good quality bird feed (Hetland Garden Centre has plenty to choose from!)
Cheese (who knew birds liked cheese?)
A bowl to mix it all in
Carefully cut a hole in the bottom of the yogurt pot, thread one end of the string through and tie a knot (the pot should hang upside down, incase you were wondering). Be sure to leave enough string to tie the cake to the tree, with enough swinging room.
Leave the suet sitting out for a while until it reaches room temperature (if it’s too cold you won’t be able to cut it small enough). Cut the suet into small pieces and add them to your mixing bowl.
Add in all of the other ingredients (now for the fun bit) and squidge together! The messy bits are always the best bits.
Keep mixing the bird feed cake together until you can mould the mix to make a ball.
Stuff the yogurt pot with the ball and place in the fridge to set for a couple of hours.
All that is left for you to do is hang up your bird feed cakes in a spot where you can see all the beautiful birds coming for a nibble!
Two fantastic ideas to keep your Budding Gardeners interested in the garden all through Winter. Hang your bird feed cake and feeder in the best viewing spots so you and your Budding Gardeners can enjoy watching the birds visiting your garden from the comfort of your home! Visit Hetland Garden Centre to pick up the best quality bird feed to get you started.