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Bird Control

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

As your summer fruits begin to mature it's wise to get prepared for the birds who are also watching.  Most birds around the garden are very beneficial and we should be thankful they are there constantly feeding on insects.  But when they turn their eyes towards our strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries here are a few strategies to limit the share they take away... Read More

When to Plant?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

It's important to plant or transplant into the garden at the right time, not too early, but this can be tricky. There are several good guides including the U.S. Department of Agricultural Plant Hardiness maps to estimate the last frost-free dates.  Also, many seed companies provide good planting guidelines, but they are not accurate for local conditions. One of the most reliable when to plant tools tuned to your local conditions is the observation of nature's events that show us the earliest times to plant.  Here is a summary of some common ones that everyone can use. Read More

Birds, the hungry engineers

Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring marks the migration of birds from south to north in most parts of the world and though some have already arrived at their destinations, many are still passing through.  Both our native residents and recent arrivals find scant food so our bird feeders are very popular with finches, cardinals, titmice, nuthatches, wrens, juncos and chickadees. In addition to keeping your bird field guide handy you can get great help in identifying all the birds at All About Birds.    Many birds species are in trouble and we need more information to know what can be done.  You can help the birds by contributing your observations to Project FeederWatch
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Simply Seeds

Sunday, March 10, 2013

March is time to begin preparing the garden.  What are you going to grow this year?  How to get started?  What are the first steps?  A little bit of planning can pay off all season long.  Let’s make garden starting simple… Read More

What's the difference between seeds?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

It’s that wonderful time of year again…time to think about getting the garden started. As you choose your new seeds, there are a few things to keep in mind. In addition to the varieties you chose, it’s worth knowing how those seeds were produced. Here’s a summary of the main types you’ll encounter:  Read More