January is probably not your idea of a month to be going around outside and working in the garden. But the holidays are over and it is time to put away the decoration. Of course you may not have to put the decorations away just yet. Why not move some out in the yard and let them have a second chance to provide some cheer.
No I have not been hitting the eggnog I am talking about your Christmas Tree and Wreaths. Instead of dragging them to the curb why not bring them out back and use them again to brighten up the lives of the garden critters. That is right instead of sending them off to the landfill re-purpose them to feed those starving birds and squirrels. A Christmas tree would make a wonderful bird feeder and shelter for our feathered friends. After removing all the decorations and most importantly and tinsel set the tree up in a five gallon bucket filled with rocks to hold it upright. If you don’t have a five gallon bucket handy just tie it to a post or stake. Now you are ready to begin. Hand different size suet cakes from the tree. You can add pieces of dried fruit even add some pine cones dipped in peanut butter and rolled in birdseed. If you have popcorn garland that was not eaten hang that on the tree as well . You don’t have to be a design star to make a very attractive display. You will not only be saving land fill space but providing a way to use some of your creative talents while helping to feed the animals that visit your garden during the growing season as well. In the spring you will be able to chip the tree up for mulch or you can chop it up and leave it as a brush pile in a corner of your yard for what ever garden creature may choose to use it for their new home.
This idea works equally as well for door wreaths after the holidays remove the man made decorations and you have a blank canvas to decorate. Use fruits and nuts some of the pine cones covered with peanut butter and bird seed how about some bell shaped suet cakes. What ever you think up. Once your wreath is finished take it outside and hang it on a tree that you can see from a window in your house. Not only will it be a good looking decoration but you will get a lot of pleasure as the birds come and enjoy the special treats you have left them.