The Portland sun and rain is doing wonders for our garden and I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to harvest and cook with our homegrown fruits and veggies. (Picked an almost-done green onion today and tried to eat it raw….I don’t recommend it).
Squash Blossoms: these were taken a few days ago and already there are a handful more blooms.
These peas were among many volunteers in my friend’s garden that I dug up and brought home. I thought they were sweet peas, but don’t those have white flowers? hmm..
And of course, where would I be without my handy helper, Knitty Kitty? She diligently hunts the various bugs and eats them. It is part of her reparations for eating all of my leek starts earlier in the season! (In her defense, they did look an awful lot like her cat grass that she is ALLOWED to eat…)
I can hardly believe that my garden is blooming, when it all used to look like this:
Remember the bird feeder I started making with just found materials? I finally was able to finish it this morning.
I used some cheap-o peanut butter (that’s important, because you’ll use almost the whole jar) and spread it on the pine cones with a knife, filling all the holes. Try to get the top and bottom. It can get messy, so hold on to the pinecone at the top, where it is connected to the braided yarn.
Then pour your bird seed into a bowl, and roll the sticky-peanut buttery-pinecone in the seed. I just got a cheap, “no sprout” mix from my local gardening store, but you can choose multiple kinds of seeds tailored to attracting certain birds.
Then hang your completed bird feeder from a tree and enjoy!
If you missed Part 1 of this tutorial, check it out here.
Remember those old-school bird feeders that you made in preschool? They consisted of a pine cone, peanut butter and birdseed, with maybe some yarn ties around the top. Recently, I wanted a birdfeeder to hang outside of my front window (to entertain the indoor cat–don’t judge me!). I looked at nurseries and home improvement stores, but was surprised how expensive the available bird feeders were! Also I needed a rather large/long birdfeeder since I would have to hang it from a tree branch higher than the top of the window. Thus, the pinecone/peanut butter method came to mind. I knew there had to be a way to use the same old technique but make it look fresh and modern.
On a recent walk around our neighborhood, I found 5 pinecones. I tried to just find ones with open areas so the peanut butter would really stick in there. I also found a huge stick and had my boyfriend break it over his knee so that it was around 2 1/2 feet long. (When collecting pine cones it’s useful to have a bf that won’t mind carrying them home in his jacket pockets…even if he does find a colony of earwigs in his jacket after the fact…whoops!)
I used some cheap-o ribbon yarn and braided various lengths (with the idea that the braids would be stronger than a single piece of yarn, but feel free to ignore that step if you’re short on yarn). Braid not-too-loose, not-too-tight.
Slip the top of the pinecone in thru one end of your braid, and slip the other end over your stick (that’s where the not-too-tight braiding comes in handy). Lastly, use a long braid over each end of the stick and your structure is complete! My kitty thinks that this is a new toy for her to bat around.
All that’s left is to coat the pinecones in peanut butter and then bird seed!