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How to Grow your own Millet for Pets and Wild Birds



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I discovered that my animals were going through an awful lot of millet and I was at one pet store or another every few days to purchase more. My birds and cottontail rabbit just love this stuff and even my guinea pigs enjoy a spray or two. I decided that perhaps I needed to learn how to grow my own and proceeded to start investigating how to find out where it was grown and how to grow it.

I soon gave up this dead end search as it was getting me nowhere. Either no one knew where it was grown, how it was grown or wanted a fee to tell me. But then one summer day while I was cleaning out the bird's cage I discovered the secret. One of my birds had dropped a piece of millet in one of the water containers and it was beginning to sprout. I took it out, put a small container of water on my windowsill, and put a spray of millet in it. Within days, it was growing. I then went into my garden and dug a shallow ditch, filled it with water and proceeded to put store bought millet sprays inside. I lightly covered with soil and watered daily for a few days. By the end of summer, I had so much millet that I did not have to even think of buying it again. Millet is very easy to grow and I live in the Midwest where there is a short growing season and I had no problem.

The one thing however, you must be careful about is the fact that it does not dry the same as store bought millet. When it is tall and still green pull it out of the soil and let it dry naturally. I have a table outside that I just place the green millet on and leave it alone for about a week. Once the millet is dried, you can easily store it in Ziploc bags. At the end of the growing season, turn the soil, as this is an excellent additive for your garden.

Wild birds will normally not even bother with your millet garden. It is not a natural food for them so they are not attracted to it. Also, do not spray liquid fence or any other deterrent on it, as your house pets will not eat it either. What works well in your vegetable garden to discourage wild life from eating it will not be appreciated by your domestic pets.

 

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