On my deck, I have a large planter and a few pots, which I am putting to use this winter as squirrel and bird feeders. I like to provide food sources for ground-feeding birds and for squirrels, which, when properly diverted, leave my other feeders alone.
In addition to black oil sunflower seed, that universally beloved bird food, I have added a wildlife block, and a mix called “Critter Cuisine” that contains various seeds with corn, pumpkin seeds and peanuts in the shell. Here’s a close-up of the mix: (Notice the peanuts are gone. They’re always gobbled up first.)
So far, my deck container method has worked out very well. The food stays off the wet ground, I can get to the planters easily to refill them, and – bonus – the squirrels provide live entertainment for the dog, who watches, transfixed, from the kitchen.
Here’s the wildlife block. It lasts for weeks and everyone loves it. I added some tree branches for perching and shelter.
In the spring I will dump out the soil in the planters anyway, so I don’t care if there are seeds in it.