Mourning Doves and Sweet Peas Help
I have a question/curiosity - which I'm hoping you can answer for me. I enjoy the birds on my property and continue to add feeders to encourage their presence. As the small birds are knocking seeds to the ground ... I'm getting a growing number of mourning doves feeding from these fallen seeds. Now - herein lies my question!! I'm an avid sweet pea flower grower in the Spring ... and the last two years ... NO sprouts! I even tried planting a second crop this year. Could the mourning doves be responsible for this? Are they eating my sweet pea seeds or the young emerging sprouts? I've been very puzzled - and sad - missing my Spring flowers of choice! If this is the case ... I'll just take measures to (kindly) protect my flowers beds from this occurring in the future. Thank you! Linda
------------------------------Help for Mourning Doves and Sweet Peas
by Grandma Jean
I fully understand your love of sweet peas, and the fact that you never had to plant them -- they "volunteered"!
However, ALL birds eat sweet pea seeds, that is how they survive in the wild -- they eat seeds off the ground.
When I want "volunteer" seeds to grow, I scoop them up off the ground and put them into peat pots until they sprout, then I put them into the ground. Or, you could plant them elsewhere so that they won't be under the bird feeder that is dropping the wild seeds, that is attracting the birds... or... move the feeder to another location. You have several choices, all of which require that YOU do something other than leaving the situation as is. Wild birds don't know the difference between the seeds you want them to eat and the seeds you don't want them to eat any more than a 3-year old child doesn't know the difference between what is poison and what isn't.
Often in life, Remedy the problem is the solution.
Do you do container gardening? That could solve your problem, too.