Today is the day for questions, and this week Jeri from Idaho has a great question that many birders can relate to.
"My birds transported some sunflower seeds that grew, how do I dry them to reuse?"
Growing sunflowers is an easy way to raise your own birdseed, but if the birds get to the seeds before you have a chance to harvest them, your entire fresh supply of seed may disappear. Fortunately, it is easy to protect your sunflowers for harvesting and saving the seeds for fall and winter bird feeding. Covering the flower heads when they first start to ripen can keep the birds from premature snacks, and keeping the seeds on the heads not only gives you hundreds or thousands of seeds to offer, but the dried flower head itself is an ideal natural feeder the birds will enjoy. With such easy steps, there's no reason you can't grow your own inexpensive birdseed!
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