Bird visitors to our garden- and then some!

Check out this video:

The little chipmunk you see in the video, I call “My little gardner”. When he is in the feeder he won’t allow any birds to feed. The birds have to line up and wait for him to get his fill. He stuffs his cheeks with sunflower seeds and then races about “planting” them in hanging baskets, potted plants, the flower garden and even in my seed flats. I have been finding random little flowering sunflowers all over my yard and bringing them in as cut flowers for my wife. He’s such a mischievous little fella!


2 thoughts on “Bird visitors to our garden- and then some!

  1. Papa Gardener! I enjoy your delightful posts as I also love to garden. The birds have been doing my sunflower planting this year. I’m not sure how they do it but we have had fun watching the sunflowers pop up in flower pots and planters. An early morning noise on the deck yesterday was magpies tearing apart the largest sunflower and it was sad to see it without the smiling head. I have heirloom tomatoes in my garden beds from your Baker seeds. They were heavily hit by hail shortly after transplanting. Unsure of how they would recover, I lost six plants out of 22, I purchased three WalMart plants and kept them on the deck. One of these three plants, and Early Girl, has been ripening but as soon as the tomatoes begin to turn red a brown rotten spot starts on the bottom of the fruit. What is that? Should I just get rid of the plant? Will it affect others nearby? The heirloom plants are doing wonderfully and are loaded with fruit. Any tips on pruning them? I live near Denver, CO and am a friend of Reba and, of course, your granddaughter. Thanks again for sharing the joys of creation with us. Lorrie

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    1. Lorrie,
      Thank you for your support of Papasgardens. Your questions are great. I will use them in my Blog today. The rotting red/brown spot on the bottom of your tomato is called blossom end rot. It is not a disease but a calcium deficiency. There are many causes for this problem and I will address them in the blog. Your plant does not need to be removed as again this is a physiological disorder resulting in inadequate supplies of calcium to the development of the fruit.
      Glad to hear your tomatoes survived the excessive rains and hail. The advice I gave to Reba was supply the damaged tomatoes with a seaweed emulsion or kelp solution. The micro-nutrients help with stress and strengthen the plants. Thistle compost tea is great too!!
      Again, thank you for your encouragement and support.


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