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Tweets, chirps all part of Master Gardeners Second Saturday

When one steps out of their door, they should take a moment, not just to smell the roses, but to listen to the sounds. 

If they are lucky, they will hear the songs of various birds. Not only do the local birds brighten the days with their tweets and chirps, but they are beneficial neighbors. 

Birds contribute to the landscapes by eating insect pests such as aphids, mosquitoes and spiders. Birds, especially hummingbirds, are also pollinators. As natural habitats disappear it is important to provide what birds need to survive and thrive. Their needs are few. Birds need food, water, shelter and a place to raise their young. 

Sustainable landscaping which uses native plants provides a great habitat with shelter and nesting areas and also conserves natural resources. 

Bird feeders ensure that these feathered friends have nourishment and, when placed in areas easily seen from windows, provide an opportunity to watch and be entertained. 

Many styles of feeders are available commercially, or plans also are available for do-it-yourselfers. It is important that feeders be kept clean to remove old seed and droppings. 

The Southside Master Gardeners will be at the Halifax Farmers Market on June 14 from 8 to 11 a.m. to clean feeders and provide information on attracting birds to the landscape. This service is provided free to the public. 

The Halifax Farmers Market is a great opportunity to get the freshest and best local products and to support our friends and neighbors.  

For more information about the Master Gardeners, call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit their website at www.ssmga.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .