Grow a vegetable garden for your birds and reptiles
With over 10+ years of experience in the industry, Joe Bon founded The Detail Guys to provide professional landscaping, auto detailing, junk removal,
FOR: I have kept all kinds of exotic pets throughout my life and have improved my feeding and living methods over the years as I learn more about their unique needs. This training allows me to continuously high desert mulching enrich their environment and diet to ensure the best possible care. Therefore, this article tries to share my experience in raising and maintaining exotic pets, especially turtles and birds, but of course it can be adapted for all herbivores. In a previous article I covered the design and construction of my aviary that housed 3 bird colonies and a pair of turtles. In this article, I will share with readers about nutrition and gardening strategies for these pets.
WHY: As exotic pet owners, we struggle to fill our fridges with fresh greens and greens to feed our friends' daily "salads." Since I share my love of pets and gardening, I decided to create a special vegetable garden to feed my birds and turtles. An additional incentive appears to be the continued seizure of commercial vegetables due to bacterial and other contamination and the high cost of organic produce. I have found that I can provide safe, organic, nutritious and inexpensive vegetables for my pets by growing them myself.
STEP ONE / SOIL SIZE: The first step in planning a garden should be determining how much space is available for your yard. It varies for all yards and needs, and there is no perfect formula. Your garden can range from one or two indoor plant pots to a garden with raised boxes or large garden plots. I think it's easiest to start with a small garden plot and have expanded and expanded it over the years. Experimenting with the size of your garden will tell you how many of each vegetarian plant to plant and how much food your pet will need.
For my garden, I start with a small plot of land where I have no other plants or flowers. As an avid gardener, this is unacceptable as of course all available space has to be used. So the area where I planted my garden is irregular in shape and has grown to a size of about 9 feet by 17 feet. I found this size to be the best fit for me and certainly allowed me to grow enough vegetables for my 2 box turtles and use an additional variety of vegetables for 3 bird colonies. Three aviaries including 2 roselle, colony of burks and a colony of "fly in" males or rescue cocaites. Also provided my 2 parrots with goffins with vegetables.
STEP TWO / THE ENVIRONMENT: The next step in planning your garden is to research the climate you live in and determine the best vegetables to grow in your area, as well as the best time to plant each type of vegetable. Also, remember to save these products for your pets, so only plant products that have good nutritional value for them and, of course, vegetables they like and will eat.
My garden, which is located in the desert southwest of Arizona and because of the heat of our summer, many of the more common vegetables don't thrive here or need to be planted in the winter to prevent frying in our summer sun. It will also take some experimentation to determine which is best for your area. A good resource is your local university nursery extension. I suggest you search your co-op city and park extension to find a website for your area of the country.