Attracting birds to your garden has benefits for both you and the birds. Take advantage of their visit to observe them and offer them a source of food. In addition, some birds can become important allies by eating unwanted insects.
Advice on how to invite birds tot the vegetable garden
- In your landscaping, near your vegetable garden, integrate some plants that produce fruits favored by birds. But of course you have to share! Here are a few:
|Common name||Latin name|
|Canada serviceberry||(Amelanchier canadensis)*|
|Black chokeberry||(Aronia melanocarpa)*|
|Early lowbush blueberry||(Vaccinium angustifolium)*|
|Wild strawberry||(Fragaria virginiana)*|
|Raspberry and Blackberry||(Rubus spp.)|
|Currant and Black currant||(Ribes spp.)|
|Wild raisin||(Viburnum nudum var. cassinoides)*|
* Native species
- Birds will also be attracted by seeds from these: coreopsis, cosmos, coneflowers, sunflower, heliopsis, black-eyed Susan, grasses, etc. Therefore, blooms must not be cut off after the plants flower.
- To attract hummingbirds, you can add columbine, beebalm, sage and weigela.
The plants suggested here are just a few of the many possibilities. It’s just up to you to conduct your own tests – and to observe the results.