It seems that the members of our club are as avid about feeding our feathered friends as we are about gardening. With "Feeding our Feathered Friends" the title of our program for the day, we all related our own particular methods for keeping these favorite critters well fed and watered throughout the winter months.
Many good suggestions came to light. Here are a few: switch from black sunflower seeds (which was the one ingredient everyone seemed to use) to safflower seeds (squirrels do not seem to like them); use hen scratch instead of conventional bird food (it's much cheaper and with healthy ingredients that birds love); leave seedheads on flowers such as sunflowers and salvia so that the birds can utilize this source of food during winter's lean months. Gary Good, husband of co-president Gloria Good, (both avid bird watchers) provided us with his homemade suet feeder recipe. It is as follows:
1 lb. lard
1 lb. peanut butter
4 cups quick oats
4 cups yellow corn meal
2 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup each -- quiona, chai seeds and raw sunflower seeds (all optional)
2/3 cup sugar, also optional (Gary says he does not use this)
Directions: Melt lard and peanut butter on low heat until combined. Remove and add remaining ingredients. Spread on cookie sheet and allow to cool. Cut into sandwich-size sections. Store in sandwich containers/bags (which are just the right size for suet feeders). Freeze unused bags until needed.
Thanks, Gary, for this great recipe. Our bird friends thank you, too.
We are again this year able to make sizeable donations to the Cedaredge Humane Society and to the Cedaredge Food Bank. Involvement in our community is an important objective of our club. We are happy that we can continue to help these worthwhile organizations.
We are proud to announce that once again this year our club will award a scholarship for the purpose of attending the Master Gardening training conducted by Colorado State University. The recipient is club member Mary Bellville. Congratulations, Mary. We look forward to you sharing your knowledge with us as you learn more about our gardening world.
Our Christmas gathering will be held at R J's Steakhouse on Dec. Thursday, 14. After a delicious lunch we will have our annual and hilarious gift exchange, an event that we look forward to all year long.
Learning, service, scholarship and friendship are the goals of our club. If you are interested in finding out more about our club and our meetings, you may call 856-7077 or 856-3897.
The members of our club wish everyone a Christmas filled with fun and friendship and a new year that brings happiness and good health to all.