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Recycled Birdhouses: Cheap, Quick, and Easy

By klc
November 29, 2014

You can make a birdhouse in two minutes or less from an empty one-gallon water jug or a discarded flower pot.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Nov 28, 2014 6:45 PM CST
I applaud your methods for putting to use items that would otherwise end up in landfills. And best of all you are making secure home for our birds. I love it!
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
Nov 28, 2014 7:23 PM CST
I buy hanging baskets in the spring and when they are empty I used to put them in the wood shed which is open on the east side. One spring I noticed bird activity in that area and went out to check. In over a twenty plastic pots hanging on nails against the wall birds had built their nests. It was a small bird city. We, and many visitors, were entertained with the flights in and out and the constant bird chatter. Unfortunately, that fall a neighbor moved in across the street who keeps cats. I took the plastic pots out that winter so I would not be providing a feast for the cats come spring.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Nov 29, 2014 3:04 PM CST
Wow Bonnie---Bet it was a sight to see with all your "city" dwellers!! I had to stop feeding our birds because of the feral cats in our area. Cried when they caught a few birds so I did the same thing and took away their temptation.

I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
Nov 29, 2014 3:36 PM CST
It was a sight Kim and they got to the point where they ignored me if I did not get too close and I came and went and enjoyed the activities. There is nothing man made that can compare with the beauty of natures simple things.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Orchids Region: Pennsylvania Birds Ferns Dog Lover
Butterflies Container Gardener Frogs and Toads Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Level 2
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klc
Nov 30, 2014 9:06 AM CST
I agree... nature's true beauty can not be duplicated
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Chillybean
Aug 3, 2015 6:43 PM CST
klc said: I had to stop feeding our birds because of the feral cats in our area. Cried when they caught a few birds so I did the same thing and took away their temptation.



That is too bad... feeding the birds has brought our family so much joy. We live out in the country, but our closest neighbour is a feral breeder. We try different methods to deter them from night time prowling, but during the day we've learned to give them a scare they won't soon forget. I don't remember the last time I saw a cat in the yard during the day.

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