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Toad Abode and Bath

Here’s one of my toad houses.  We have lots of toads around the yard, I hope to encourage one to make it’s home here. The rock path, pictured around the adobe above, leads behind a butterfly blush around to a little toad bath, or toad “pond”.  One of my bird bath water drippers drips right […]

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Bird Bath Water Dripper – water feature for the birds

I wanted to add a water feature to our bird bath, specifically a mister, something the birds would enjoy playing in. Unfortunately, I’m not in the market to spend much money. My solution was a very easy, budget-friendly bird bath water dripper made out of a milk carton. Items needed: – milk carton – shepherds […]

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Homemade Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Attracting Hummingbirds and other Birds No need to buy the powdered Hummingbird Nectar mix from the store for this rewarding hobby. Instead, make your with this simple hummingbird nectar recipe. You only need water and white sugar – super simple and easy to make. Use the following proportion: 1 part regular white sugar to 4 […]

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Composting

I’ve been reading gardening blogs today.  I came across one that had a composter *I* could do.  Kerry’s Garden has some nice photos throughout the blog.  But what sparked my curiousity the most was the post Compost Time.  This seems a perfect solution to my always wondering how I would make an effective compost pile […]

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Recycling nature landscaping

I’ve always made use of items around the yard.  When we had a tree cut down several years ago, I used one longer, large piece as a bench to put near our fire pit.  Another peice made a base for a bird bath.  I didn’t like the original pillar for the bird bath, feeling it […]

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Downed Tree

Last summer, one of our three mature trees (in our front yard) died.  We managed to get all of it cut down, but about 12 or 15 feet of it. My dad came over with his chainsaw and a friend. They got it cut down to a stump about 2.5 feet tall, before the friend […]

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Summertime Craft Ideas

Spring and summer come and everyone starts opening their doors and windows, bringing in the fresh air.  Tree leaves are full and flower blooms abound; birds are singing, building nests and taking care of their chicks.  I am drawn outdoors by the lure of warmer days and the call of the dirt and new sprouts.  […]

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Attracting Hummingbirds

by Vanina Mangano Attracting hummingbirds to your backyard and garden is much easier than it sounds. These small birds have a special knack for finding their favorite flowers, and a powerful memory for returning to their favorite spots – even after years of visiting! A common mistake is to think that hummingbirds find their feeding ground […]

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Create And Enjoy A Hummingbird Paradise

The North American continent is known for its hummingbirds. Whether it’s the ruby-throated hummingbird found in the eastern portion of the continent or the 10 or so species found in the west, hummingbirds are a treat just about everyone in North America can be assured of seeing at some point in their lifetimes. For those […]

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Baby Hummingbird in a nest

I was looking up information on Ruby Throated Hummingbirds this morning. It’s mid-April and I’m looking forward to our summer visitors. I came across a Daily Journal from July 2004, in which the writer came across a hummingbird nest and it’s tiny occupants: Encourage those little hummingbirds to visit your yard often, by providing plenty […]

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