Posted: 23/01/2017 at 17:50
Hi pokhim - now that you have a new garden, they'll be queueing up for the food
A good quality mix will have plenty for robins, but you can get a robin mix too. Sunflower hearts are very attractive to many birds and certainly robins will eat those. In cold weather, a bit of grated or finely chopped cheese, and also little bits of fruit - apple, raisins etc. They'll attract blackbirds and thrushes too. The moisture inthe fruit is helpful when water is frozen, but a bird bath or just a dish of water is really beneficial for all birds, adn if it's big enough for them to bathe, that's even better.
The no mess mixes are worth buying as anything that gets dropped is less likely to grow into anything! They're better value as the cheap mixes are bulked out with wheat or barley which just attracts pigeons, and they also tend to have whole sunflowers which create a lot of mess with the husks, and you also get less actual food. Most people like to use suet blocks or balls as well, which you can get in any Garden Centre or DIY store etc. You can get a different container for holding those, but you can also break them up and scatter pieces in a border, on a bird table or on the ground for ground feeding birds.
As time goes on you'll get to know what comes in the garden and you can add other things like Nyger seeds if you get goldfinches for instance.