Saturday, March 6, 2010
Flooded Seeds Motivate Me
Today was in the mid-forties and I walked the yard this morning. The snow was firm and frozen under my feet which surprised me. I enjoyed looking around the yard. One thing that caught my eye was the seeds that I had finally planted were more than saturated they were sitting in about an inch of water. (There is a pane of glass missing from the roof of the greenhouse --another project, so all the snow we had fell inside and on my planter. Apparently there were no drainage holes. So, I got the drill out and put some in. I hope the seeds will still germinate...but, I've a feeling they will all be washed to one side.
When I decided to get the drill out I realized I'd better work on another project I have: a rustic birdhouse that I bought for another bluebird box. The hole opening was too small and originally I thought I could just by a 1 1/2 inch flat drill bit, but because the hole was already there, there was no way for me to expand the hole as planned. So, I decided to just use a regular drill bit and scrape it along the sides of the opening. It is not a perfect circle, but it is now the size it has to be to allow bluebirds in but keep the European starlings out. I am also removing the nail that was placed there as a perch. Bluebirds do not need the perch to use the box, and having no perch helps keeps other birds and predators from getting in the box.
I had the birdhouse hanging inside the house until I got around to drilling the hole bigger. It can finally be set up outside--I'd better get to it soon, I've already seen the male bluebird checking out my other boxes. The ground is still frozen, so I'm not sure how I'll get a post in the ground.