We’ve had perfect fall weather for getting out into the garden and cleaning up, so I’ve been taking advantage of it. I picked the last roma tomato yesterday and there is something with tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella in my immediate eating future.
I also did something for the birds that I do every year. We’ll often save the big sunflower heads for feeding in the winter, but, this year, all of the sunflowers were squashed and killed, except for 3 plants that seeded themselves – all a variety with smaller heads.
The sunflowers are spent now, but the birds haven’t eaten many of the seeds yet, so I clipped off all of the sunflower heads and put them in one of my empty raised beds for the birds to enjoy. This is a very easy way to feed the birds!
If you have kids, they’ll love doing this. We clip the stems off, leaving only about an inch of so on. Then you just “plant” the stems into the ground so the heads stick upright for easy feeding. It’s easy, fun and you get to watch a lot of bird activity, too.
I don’t have much in my vegetable garden that I worry about the birds eating, so I purposely try to attract them there for insect control. I’ve found birds are one of my best organic gardening methods.