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Sunflower houses and cold weather care for birds

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Some fun ideas to consider when you are designing your flower plantings for Spring. How about a Sunflower House? You’ll need a flat location which receives full sunlight (minimum 6-8 hours) and is 8 feet across. Choose a shape for the walls: square, circular, triangle, rectangle. Now you need seeds in which the sunflower is expected to grow 6′ (six feet) in height. Draw your shape in the soil. Make sure to leave a space to enter aka the door, approximately 2 feet wide. Plant your seeds according to directions, generally 6” apart and 1” deep. For thick ‘walls’ plan another row. Stagger your seeds to the ones in your original shape. Water your seeds daily. Once you have a couple of leaves on your sprouts, place mulch between the stalks to deter weeds. No one wants weeds growing in your house. Your sunflowers will reach maximum height in about 10 weeks. You can either bend your sunflowers in with string for a roof. Or you could tie string across the top from sunflower to sunflower and let Morning Glories trail across as your roof. Brightens the day just thinking about a happy place of a Sunflower House.

Birds in Boots?

Were you looking out the window while wearing layers upon layers of clothes, watching the birds fluttering around your feeders? You look down towards your feet knowing you have on fuzzy socks warming your toes inside your boots. You look outside at the birds’ feet; they’re not wearing boots or fuzzy socks. Don’t their feet get cold?

Many birds there are several reasons why their feet don’t get cold. For instance, many birds have little fluid in their feet and legs to freeze. Their feet and legs are mainly muscle, tendon, and bone.

Another way their legs and feet stay warm is with a countercurrent heat exchange system. Because blood vessels in their legs and feet are close together the blood vessels leaving the body warm the blood returning to the heart.

Thus, creating a circular warming system.

Winter words of wisdom: if you have dishes or clothes to be washed, and it’s going to be COLD, set your delay on your machines so that the warm gray water exits the pipes during the coldest hours.

Till next time. Keep your souls and soles in your garden!

Remember the True Master Gardener: Jesus said, “I am the vine; my father is the gardener.” John 15:1

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