Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Poor Man's Garden Fountain (for the birds)

Recently I heard that birds really like water that is running or at least dripping.  While I would LOVE a real garden fountain, it's not something I have the time or money to research right now.  But I also heard about this clever idea:  freeze water in a container, and then hang the container above a bird bath so that as the ice melts, it will drip into the water at a steady pace.  I hung the gallon milk jug that was about half filled with solid ice at 9 this morning.  At 4:30 it was still dripping, and the birds seemed to be enjoying getting drinks from it.  (I had pounded about 5 or 6 holes with a hammer and nail into the bottom).  The only problem now is how to refill the jug to freeze more water -- there are holes in the bottom!
The tiny native plants that I put in earlier this season are growing like crazy.  Take a look at those cheery black-eyed susans!
Finally, this is a collage I created for the online class I'm taking.  It's hard to see here -- I need to photograph it in daylight.  But it's made with all found or scavenged items -- a raspberry container from the farmer's market (stained with the berry juice), some little twige and bark, bottle rocket sticks from the 4th, and a bottle cap and foil wrapper from different bottles.  Maybe I can post a better pic tomorrow.


  1. Oh my gosh - what a clever idea with the milk jug! Well, I wonder if duck tape would work? haha Such pretty black-eyed susans and your assemblage is wonderful! What is the online class?

  2. Oh yes - now I see - you have the e-course posted. Always interesting to learn new things from new people.


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