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    How to Grow Bird Seed

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Growing your own bird seed is a very good way of providing plenty of bird feed for your birds and saving plenty of money. Home grown bird seed actually works out as quite cheap bird seed in the long run and provided you have the climate (or a green house) you can fairly easily grow bird feed in the form of sunflower seeds. Read on to find out more about growing your own cheap bird seed. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    Growing Cheap Bird Seed

    • Growing cheap bird seed from sunflowers inevitably means having a fairly warm climate and plenty of sunlight but this is still possible in the UK. The first thing to do is save some bird seeds from the last bird seed bag that you bought. Both types of sunflower bird seed are good to use but many wild birds prefer the black, oil sunflower seeds as their bird feed
    • You need to germinate the bird seeds to get them growing, you do this by placing several sunflower seeds between two sheets of damp paper towels for around 10 days. To coincide with summer, this should be done in early spring.
    • Once the cheap bird seeds have started to sprout, prepare some pots with plenty of well drained and compost rich soil and plant the bird seed. Keep them in a location that will receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. In early spring, there is still a good chance of frost so consider moving the bird seed inside at night.
    • Once the cheap bird seed has really started to grow, transfer them to larger pots or directly into the garden. The bird feed seedlings should be roughly 6”-10” apart. With regards to watering, the bird seeds should be kept watered but not so the soil gets soggy. Keep doing so until the sunflowers mature, the petals drop and the heads start to turn brown.
    • It is now time to harvest the cheap bird seed. Cut off the sunflower heads about 6” below the head and hang them upside down somewhere that is shaded and well ventilated. The bird seeds will drop off so place a box or a sack underneath the heads to catch all the bird feed. You can speed up the process by rubbing the dried heads together or with a towel to remove all the bird seeds.
    • Store the new cheap bird seed somewhere until you need it as bird feed.
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