Put Those Pumpkin Seeds to a Good Purpose in the Garden

pumpkin seedsAccording to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, pumpkin seeds can be a nutritious treat for wild birds. Scoop it out of your pumpkin and spread it out on a tray to air dry. You can speed up the process by baking the seed in the oven for a short while. Next put the dry seed in a food processor to rough and chop them up a bit; this will make them more palatable for little birds like chickadees and titmice. You can put the seed out right away or store it in a cool, dry place and put it out in the winter, when natural food sources for birds can be scarce. You can put it in a bird feeder or scatter it on the ground. Squirrels and other wildlife may partake, too.

Squash and melon seeds can be treated the same way and offered to birds.

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Attract birdswith the beautiful Songbird Feeder from H. Potter.

Support local birds by planting native plants, with the advice in Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy.

Create homes for the birds in your garden with the book Birdhouses You Can Build in a Day.

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