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DIY Energy Balls

by Jean - Horticulturist CountryLife Ashford | Dec 21, 2015

Photo credit Chris CombeA great project to do this winter, especially if you have children, is to make your own energy balls or energy balls for birds. All you need is some lard and a mixture of bird feed such as peanuts, seeds and dry mealworms. When making them I use a ratio of 1:2 so one part lard or hard fat and two parts bird feed.

All you have to do is melt the lard and mix in the feed. Then compact it into small mounds (old yoghurt pots are great). Once set you can take it out of the mould and they can be hung up around the garden on string or in a bird feeder.

Written by Jean

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Jean's Bio
Hi my name is Jean, I am a horticulturist with CountryLife in the Ashford branch. I grew up on a farm where we always had a veg garden, so you could say that horticulture and agriculture is in the blood! I studied Landscape Horticulture in UCD and worked part-time in Fernhill Garden Centre, Athlone while I was in college. After graduating I worked in Landscape Architecture for three years before returning to the Garden Centre trade. I began in Keane’s Garden Centre, Kilcolgan, Co Galway and returned to Fernhill Garden Centre for three years before joining CountryLife.  Being a horticulturalist is a great job, you are surrounded by nature every day and there is always something to be done. Meeting customers and giving the advice is very rewarding especially when they report back positive results. I love growing my own fruit and veg and I’m always trying new varieties and ways of growing. The seasons are always changing and while the weather is challenging in Ireland, I believe we grow the best produce in the world.

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