Is birdseed viable or has it been treated in some way so that it won't
I'd like to make my yard as bee friendly as possible. Costco birdseed is
cheap and consists of sunflowers and other seeds that should produce
flowers that bees will like assume that they will germinate. If I plant
some of the bird food will it grow?
There was a flap a few years ago because a birdseed mix contained hemp,
which was supposed to be heat treated to kill it, but treated incompletely,
so lots of little old ladies had a pot farm under their bird feeders the
next summer. (At least, that's what they told the narcs).
But yes, oilseed sunflower and millet certainly germinates.
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/4 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
I would not bother as the seeds will sprout in a very tight proximity
to each other that is overwhelmingly high in N2. Great for compost
I Feed Niger, Black Sunflower and suet. The Niger is irradiated I
Bill, I'm sure what we had was NOT irradiated. We had thistles popping
up all over the yard when we fed thistle. Have not fed it in 2 years,
and voila, no thistle. But it doesn't make up for the lack of the
goldfinches that are just now turning to their summer colors. I miss
them, must get thistle seeds. And this is just over the creek in
Nan have the tried the upside down Niger tube feeder? It forces the
finches to flip upside down to feed. Neat as only finches can do it.
We have finches all year round. House and golden only the golden feed
and the occasional Chickadee. I had 1 the first year & now there are
at least 2. It is funny that other chickadees will sit on the
other perches and seem to be thinking 'How in hell are you doing
I've had flax sprout and bloom and was delighted to see it. The
finches showed up when I started growing sunflowers. There's a family
of 5 chickadee's fussing at each other each morning as I broadcast the
birdseed, bread and peanuts. And grackles have returned this year! Oh
I'm so glad spring is finally here. The grape hyacinths bloomed today,
along with one of the flowering crab apple trees. The hawthornes are
in full bloom, as well as the flowering quince, which is quite late
Onions in ground and planted sugar snap peas, romaine, kale and
spinach yeaterday. Better late than never.
No. Birds come from eggs and not from seed. There are no known
instances of birdseed that has actually produced birds. Other things
come up, which can be harvested and smoked at parties... But
Andy in Eureka, Texas
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