GARDENING FOR YOUR FLOCK
– by Gaye Thomasson
Feeding your parrots a healthy diet is of the utmost importance, and you can provide your birds with food that is inexpensive, that you KNOW is safe and healthy, and you will have a great time doing it. In this series of articles, you will see how easy it is to grow your birdsʼ food…and maybe have some great vegetables left over for you, too!
Itʼs the beginning of a new year. Snow is on the ground. Itʼs cold and blustery outdoors, and all I can think of is, “Iʼve got to plan my garden!” I am an avid gardener and spend many days during the year with trowel in hand and dirt under my nails, but the rewards are phenomenal. I plan my garden specifically with my birds (five big ones, one little one) in mind. Because of the way I feed my birds and the way that I garden, I can provide my parrots with fresh, organic, pesticide-free produce for many months, specifically during the later fall and winter, when buying robust vegetables can be challenging at best.
The first thing to do is insure that you have a good space for your garden. If you are doing this ONLY for your birds, then you wonʼt need too much room. A space 10 ft. x 10 ft. will produce a huge amount of food! If you live in an apartment, consider container gardening on your patio. And if outside dirt is out of the question and your flock is small, you can even grow some things in your windowsill. Plants arenʼt picky…they just demand warmth, sunshine, a good growing medium, and water. Whatever space you will use, ensure that it is protected from critters, gets lots of sunshine, and that your soil is healthy, with no commercial fertilizers.
If you are already a gardener, take a look at that plot and designate a portion of it for your parrots. If youʼre new to this green thumb thing, take a look online at ways to garden in containers or just put on your snow shoes and go stomp out your future garden site!
In the next article, weʼll take a look at what to plant for your parrots and where to find those seeds.