According to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, pumpkin seeds can be a nutritious treat for wild birds.
Here are a few excellent references and items for gardeners interested in attracting wild birds or raising chickens.
We love Japanese snowball bush (Viburnum plicatum) for its lovely white spring flowers, reddish fall foliage and lovely branch structure. A beautiful viburnum that stands out among shrubs. Read Article
Here’s an easy way to give birds some shelter while they eat at bird feeders. Read Article
Do you like to feed wild birds in winter? Follow these tips to keep your birdseed fresh. Read Article
Here’s a miniature hosta with lots of nice cream markings and surprising vigor: Hosta ‘Pure Heart’. Read Article
We love Mexican hat coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) for its colorful, sombrero-like flowers, drought tolerance and long bloom time. Read Article
This shrub stands out because it blooms in mid- and late summer, with prominent, fluffy spikes of flowers, which are also highly fragrant. Read Article
Virtues: Its long, narrow leaves, held in a thick clump, serve as a fine-textured element in the landscape. Though it has a spiky look, its leaves are flexible and arching, not rigid, so they move in the breeze. They also … Read Article
Planting berrying shrubs or trees is the quickest way to increase the value of one’s property to wildlife. The natural habitat of the groups suggested here is for the most part open, sunny borders such as along a fence; some … Read Article
We love chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia), a medium-size deciduous shrub, for its delicate spring bloom, long-lasting red berries and bright fall foliage, which makes it a good substitute for invasive burning bush (Euonymus alatus). Read Article