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plants capable of surviving bird stomping!

Posted by Jenny_J zone 9 texas (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 3, 05 at 14:49

Hi all! I have a window box underneath our bird feeder. The doves and squirrels spend most of their time in the window box, eating the kicked-out bird seed from the feeder. As a result, they stomp the living daylights out of everything that I have planted in the window box. I'd love to find a plant (perhaps like a groundcover) that coule be planted in that window box, resist stompage...and, (here's the clincher): it needs to be a very hardy plant. I live in S. Texas and the location of the window box is hot, hot, hot and gets direct sun for most of the day. Is this an impossible quest? p.s. I love the doves and squirrels, so finding a plant to plant there that they would approve of too would be grand.

Thanks so much!

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RE: plants capable of surviving bird stomping!

Does it have to be a pretty plant? What about catnip?

RE: plants capable of surviving bird stomping!

It doesn't have to be pretty, but we have cats who get to go out on the deck supervised. The location of the windowbox is such that they're not allowed up there (there's a potential escape hatch up there). I wouldn't want to encourage them to climb up around the window box by putting catnip there. Why it stomp-proof?

RE: plants capable of surviving bird stomping!

I don't know if it's stomp-proof, but we had some growing in our yard, and my husband would even weedeat it every other week or so, and it would still grow back. So I just thought it might be able to take some bird stomping too. I can see why you wouldn't want to plant it though if it's a place that's off limits to the cats.

Maybe you could grow another kind of mint that's not catnip? I have never grown any other kind of mint before, so I can't tell you if it's as tough or hardy as catnip.

RE: plants capable of surviving bird stomping!

There's not much that can survive constant bird tromping (I tried and tried to grow things under one set of feeders and finally gave up). I guess I'd suggest moving the windowbox...

RE: plants capable of surviving bird stomping!

Yarrow, Achillea millefolia, works pretty well for me most of the year. It does nearly disappear in mid-winter but comes back strong in spring. It likes a hot, sunny spot.

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