Feb 28, 2013

Garden life

I’ve had a great love and respect of the Nature since I was a little child. I really care about any animal, plant and all the wonderful things around me.

This is a very important value I would give to my children.

To make this real I spend lots of my time reading books about animals and places where they live with my children. I have started doing this since they were little children. Now my older daughter is grown and she also enjoys TV programs about wild life.

Our garden is my favorite place of the home.
Any season brings something special and I really love spending my time watching the life around me: flowers, plants, birds and little animals that live or are just pass through the garden.

I usually encourage my children in watching life around us, I spend time in the garden and watch birds on the plants or listen to them tweeting. Spring and summer are the best seasons to do this.

But also fall and winter are full of life. During fall and winter little birds usually eat seeds that are difficult to find in cold seasons, they also like to eat small pieces of bread and cookies.

In order to help our little friends, I usually put some small crumbs (the ones drop on the table during the dinner) in the grass in the garden in front of my kitchen windows, in the evening so they have the time to find and eat them in the next early morning.
When winter is really cold, like this one, crumbs are not enough, that’s why my children and I hanged up some food in the garden.

Birdfeeding4I bought sticks with seeds at the pet store, they are food for canaries, long sticks with seeds on them, then we hanged up on the plants in the garden using some laces.

We needed to find good places where hanged the sticks.

They must be in a high place on a plant, but not too high to not be reached, and not too low, birds will feel in danger and our cats and dog like hunting little birds in the garden.
They must be hidden to make the birds feel save to eat, but not too much or birds won’t see them. Birdfeeding1

We hanged up lots sticks in different places, some that I thought good and some that my children thought good. We also hanged some stick in places where I’m sure no birds will come to eat, but my child would like to hang there.  

I’ve been doing this for years and I know it’s a good help for little birds who live in the garden. It’s important to change the sticks any time they finish their seeds and place them in the same place or just near.  Any fall and winter sticks must be changed because seeds last on the sticks are humid and birds won’t eat them.

Birdfeeding2It takes time before birds find and feel save to eat the seeds, the first time I did it, no birds came and I found most of the sticks unharmed.
The next winter, I hanged up lots of new sticks in the same place and birds started to come and eat.
The next winter, they felt in a safe place and they didn’t care my presence and they ate their seeds also when I was out in the garden.  

When the birds find the seeds they remember where they find them and come back everyday, so remember to place them in a quite place where no one can scare them.

In my opinion, it’s important for children spend their time in this way, they have the chance to do something helpful and they can see the effects of it. They also have the chance to watch little animals that live in their garden and take care of them.

Children will learn to love and respect the place where they live and do their best to take care of it and its inhabitants. 



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