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Shed-roof model
Saxon Holt

Green-roofed bird feeders

One flat of ground-cover plants equals one bird-feeder roof: That's the formula for the canopy on these easy-to-construct bird feeders.

Sturdy ground covers, such as moss, ivy, thyme, and small sedums, will grow in the shallow depth of the feeders' roofs. They're fun to look at while they shelter the seeds.

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