Burdock harvest

I have a large bucket on the balcony where i grow greater burdock (Arctium lappa) for the birds, Both goldfinches (stillits) and greenfinches (grønnfink) eat burdock seed in winter and by growing the plants on the balcony I have close views of both species from where I’m typing this! Last year, the plants flowered and … Continue reading Burdock harvest

A Charm of Goldfinches

With heavy wet snow overnight weighing down all the plants in the garden together with plummeting air temperature, a flock of goldfinches (stillits) (collectively known as a Charm) were at the bird feeder this morning. I guess it’s more difficult for goldfinches to get at their preferred food, burdock seed (Arctium spp.) in these conditions. With … Continue reading A Charm of Goldfinches

THE NEW EDIMENTALS SEED TRADE LIST FOR 2021-2022

WELCOME TO MY NEW SEED TRADE LIST FOR WINTER 2021-22, THIS YEAR WITH 323 VARIETIES19, 20, 21 indicate the harvesting year for the seed. Concerning seed quantity: as I don’t have many plants of each species, seed quantity is limited in most cases. Therefore, for some species you may only get a few seeds. Many … Continue reading THE NEW EDIMENTALS SEED TRADE LIST FOR 2021-2022

Burdock for goldfinches

I’ve written a series of articles in 3 parts “Fuglevennlige planter i hagen” (Bird friendly plants in the garden) for the magazine of our national bird society (NOF, now Birdlife Norge) called Vår Fuglefauna (Our Bird Fauna). The first part (6 pages) has already been published (the first two pages are shown below; deliberately blurred … Continue reading Burdock for goldfinches

THE NEW EDIMENTALS SEED TRADE LIST FOR 2020-2021

WELCOME TO MY NEW SEED TRADE LIST FOR WINTER 2020-21, THIS YEAR WITH 334 VARIETIES18, 19, 20 indicate the harvesting year for the seed. Concerning seed quantity: as I don’t have many plants of each species, seed quantity is limited in most cases. Therefore, for some species you may only get a few seeds. Many … Continue reading THE NEW EDIMENTALS SEED TRADE LIST FOR 2020-2021

Is feeding birds a good thing?

Feeding birds in winter isn’t necessarily a good thing and at least one study has shown that birds lay lower numbers of eggs when fed well, perhaps due to an unnatural unbalanced oil-rich diet: https://blog.nature.org/science/2015/01/05/winter-bird-feeding-good-or-bad-for-birdsHowever, there are many studies showing the opposite. But is good winter survival and artificially high populations necessarily a good thing … Continue reading Is feeding birds a good thing?

THE NEW EDIMENTALS SEED TRADE LIST FOR 2019-2020

Updated 24th Feruary 2020 WELCOME TO MY NEW SEED TRADE LIST FOR 2019-20, THIS YEAR WITH 390 VARIETIES17, 18, 19 in brackets indicates the harvesting year for the seed. Concerning seed quantity: as I don’t have many plants of each species, seed quantity is limited in most cases. Therefore, for some species you may only … Continue reading THE NEW EDIMENTALS SEED TRADE LIST FOR 2019-2020