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RE: trains in the garden/birds

Donna, cut out a piece of OLD carpet and put it under your feeder.  Nothing
will sprout.  Another option is the magazine trick under the feeder.  Again,
nothing grows on those slick pages.  I'd cover either with some landscape
fabric just to make it look better or perhaps some rock.  

As for what the birds carry away in their stomachs and plant, I can't help
you with that one!  


Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of cathy carpenter
Sent: Saturday, December 28, 2002 3:24 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] trains in the garden/birds

You can always cook the seed in the oven, killing the embryo. Then it 
won't sprout, but that's a lot of work.
On the subject of bird feeders, did anyone read the article on that 
subject on the front page of the Wall Street Journal? The thrust being 
that some believe they are doing birds more harm than good.

On Saturday, December 28, 2002, at 10:57 AM, Donna wrote:

> Not that I ever seen in my yard.... might be some around here tho. Every
> year more and more birds come to the feeders. Drive myself nuts trying
> to figure out what they all are. Got some that just don't seem to fit
> into the Peterson guide descriptions :( --I go thru way too much bird
> seed in the winter here... and of course being in the northern
> climate.... there are less types of birds now. Guessing they are
> visiting Pam in the warmer areas.
> And since we are on the subject of birds..... how do you all deal with
> the mess under the bird feeders.... as in I got everything sprouting
> there! Forever weeding something out. TDonna

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