Wouldn’t you agree that gardens are enhanced with the addition of birds? When you set a birdbath, hummingbird feeder, birdhouses or seed you are guaranteed to get a variety of birds all throughout the year. Where I live the winters are LONG. Let’s just say the last of the snow has finally melted…that long. During these cold and snowy winter months birds need an extra addition of fat to help them survive. I was able to keep many birds happy with this easy peanut butter bird seed ball recipe from Kate Seaver, Kate’s Garden.
•2 tbsp. (30 mL) corn oil
•2 cups (500 mL) rolled oats
•1 cup (250 mL) peanut butter
•1 cup (250 mL) sunflower seeds
•½ cup (125 mL) whole-wheat flour
•½ cup (125 mL) crushed eggshells
•1 cup (250 mL) vegetable shortening
•Cornmeal as needed
1. Combine all ingredients except cornmeal in a bowl. Add enough cornmeal to hold mixture together.
2. Form into balls or bricks, then freeze overnight.
3. Place on feeder to keep furry critters at bay, mount on a suet ball feeder, garden stake or bent coat hanger will work, too. If you’ve shape into brick then use a suet basket. Or invest in one of these fancy feeders and hang several balls at once.