We all want birds, butterflies, bees in our gardens … but feeding the birds may bring uninvited guests, such as squirrels, chipmunks, etc. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, The Hoosier Gardener, shares the most important things to attract and support birds: food, shelter, water and what you can do to protect plants from other critters (with repellants, traps).
• Several types of bird feeders – birds have preferences
• Samples of seeds, suet – which birds prefer what kind of seeds
• Heated birdbath
• A couple of different baffles (to keep squirrels and chipmunks from visiting the bird feeders)
• Several types of repellants and one trap to keep pests, such as deer, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, cats, etc., out of the flower and veggie beds
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