growing weeds for tortoises

Growing weeds for tortoises

Obviously the advantage to growing weeds under controlled conditions is that you don’t need to worry about pollutants in the atmosphere, animal urine , pesticides or any other pollutants you might find on weeds collected from the side of a road or your local park. If you can grow them in a controlled environment, it’s definitely a better strategy.

Once you’ve carefully cultivated your weeds you’ll either use them straight away, or look to preserve them for future use.

Growing Weeds

If you’ve ever wondered if there are ways to store your produce for longer, so that you’ve got a steady supply to keep feeding your tortoise when the plants and weeds aren’t thriving, there are a couple of things you can try. Freezing, refrigerating, or drying out plants are all options, although of course nothing beats fresh produce.

Drying Weeds

A more traditional/tried and tested option to preserve weeds and flowers is to dry them out. Whilst there’s debate over the efficacy of drying as a means to preserve the nutritional value of plant life, again if used as a means to add variety to other foods, dry plants provide the ideal complement to a tortoise’s diet.

Growing weeds for tortoises

Lemon Balm provides a readily accepted scented treat for reptiles, and offers a fresh source of vitamins throughout the year. The whole pot can be placed in the enclosure, or it can be grown on the windowsill and stems cut off for feeding. Birds and Mammals also love it.

Another which will grow in Autumn/Winter.

Plenty of flowers available throughout the early summer.