How to Attract Sparrows

House sparrow Passer domesticus

Intro: The sparrow will grace your balcony garden with pleasing short chirps and attractive behaviors. It is a social wild bird often found in large groups together in trees. It will most likely be one of the first wild birds you spot in your balcony garden, as long as you put birdseed out on a flat surface (such as your balcony ledge). They will eat almost any type of birdseed, and they are comfortable feeding with other wild bird species. They are cute little birds that you will enjoy watching. Be aware, though, that these wild birds are an invasive species that can carry disease (see the Miscellaneous Info section for more information).


Wild Birds in the Apartment Garden

Birdfeeders off BalconyEven a gardener in a big city with just a small apartment garden can still attract a number of wild birds to the garden. Birds will often fly around in an urban area, see an apartment garden with a lot of green container plants and decide to stop there to rest, especially if there is food or water for them there.


How to Kill Aphids

Aphids sucking plant sap.Aphids are one of the most hated garden pests. These tiny insects range from 0.04 to 0.39 inches and appear as tiny dots on the container plants in your balcony garden. Aphids are difficult to get rid of, and they do great damage to prized vegetables and other garden plants by sucking the sap out of the plants’ stems.


Four Ways to Attract Hummingbirds

attract hummingbirdTo attract hummingbirds, such as the ruby-throated hummingbird, provide them with the following four things in your balcony garden.


Tomato Hornworm Caterpillar Pests

Tomato hornworm caterpillarIf you discover a tomato hornworm caterpillar in your balcony container garden, prepare yourself for a nightmare. If you notice damage on your plants, especially tomato plant leaves, search closely for a green, leafy-looking caterpillar.


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