Monday, January 19, 2009

Birdville


Here are my birdhouse gourds. Each dried with a very interesting pattern. I decided not to paint them, but rather to leave them in their natural state. I had looked for stains that were non-toxic, but found none that I felt good about using. I think they will be much more enticing to birds if left natural. I will varnish each with a non-toxic, water-based varnish to protect them from the elements. Each has a perch beneath the front door hole, a small hole in the base for drainage and a dowel through the top that I will attach wire to for hanging. These will hang in the trees around the farmhouse. We have a wonderful population of birds that we regularly feed. They will be so happy to have new houses this Spring.

6 comments:

Bonne said...

I love those!! I got seeds a couple years ago, but it was a bad year for squashy plants, mine rotted before getting very big~bummed me out because I had big decorating plans for them. Think I'll try them again this summer. ;)

Mona said...

A day without sunshine and look at you go! Great progress. The little birdie houses look fine au natural.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

I love your birdie houses Bev and like that you are leaving them natural. Lots of babies for Spring! xox

madrekarin said...

My goal is to grow gourds this year. I ahve the seeds, now I just need a place to plant them. I think I might grow them along the chicken pen. That will help keep the girls secret.

Ruth said...

I love these, Bev!!
You have been one very busy lady.
Ruth

KKJD1 said...

How cool! I love the natural look too. The birdies sure will love there new homes. Blessings, karen

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