Tweets and Chirps!

Tweets and Chirps at Master Gardeners Second Saturday

By Laverne Fuller

Master Gardeners cheerfully clean your bird feeders
Bring your dirty birdfeeders to the Halifax Farmers Market on June 14 between 8 and 11 a.m. where Southside Master Gardeners Linda Singer and Tommy Conner will cheerfully clean them up for you.       

When you step out of your door, take a moment, not just to smell the roses, but to listen to the sounds. If you are lucky, you will hear the songs of various birds. Not only do our local birds brighten our days with their tweets and chirps, but they are beneficial neighbors. Birds contribute to our landscapes by eating insect pests such as aphids,
mosquitoes and spiders. Birds, especially hummingbirds, are also pollinators. As natural habitats disappear it is important for us to provide what birds need to survive and thrive. Their needs are few. Birds need food, water, shelter and a place to raise their young. Sustainable landscaping which uses native plants provides a great habitat with shelter and nesting areas and also conserves natural resources.

Bird feeders ensure that our feathered friends have nourishment and, when placed in areas
easily seen from our windows, provide an opportunity for us to watch and be entertained. There are many styles of feeders available commercially or plans are also available for do-it-yourselfers. It is important that feeders be kept clean to remove old seed and droppings. The Southside Master Gardeners will be at the Halifax Farmers Market on June 14 from 8 to 11 a.m. to clean your feeders and provide information on attracting birds to your landscape. This service is provided free to the public.

The Halifax Farmers Market is a great opportunity to get the freshest and best local products and to support our friends and neighbors. For more information about the Master Gardeners, call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit their website at or email