Archive for 'Wild Life'

How do we get more butterflies…plant host plants that the adults like to lay eggs on…and the baby caterpillar larvae like to eat!           The Red Admiral caterpillar larvae like the plants we consider weeds…plants of the nettle family…we are most familiar with stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) and maybe hops (Humulus). […]

Add to Insects…those butterflies that eat our garden food and flowers…like the Cabbage Butterfly.  It ranges over most of the United States and the green caterpillar larvae feed on cabbages, mustard, other wild plants.  Sometimes you will see a flock of a dozen or two adults in seach of a row of cabbages.   The […]

Host Plants for Butterflies…I should clarify…those are the plants that the adult butterfly lays her eggs on so that the larvae (baby caterpillars) have food to eat when they hatch from the egg. As the caterpillar grows, it sheds its skin 3 or 4 times and then builds a chrysalis which is the final stage […]

Weeding…Yep, that’s a part of what I do.  I like to pull the weeds while they are little and not taking up the moisture and nutrients from  the plants.  Weeds are notorious for showing up when I’ve just turned my back…how is that, I ask.  Must be that they know when I’m looking the other […]

Birds in Winter

Feb. 20, 2013 No Comments Posted under: Birds, Gardening Tips

The race is on!  Do you have your supplies ready for the big snow storm? The weatherperson is sometimes right on…what do you think this time? Interesting, walking in the garden today with Sugar Bear…some of the unfenced shrubs have split from the last snow…lots of pruning when the snow melts off this spring.  The […]

Birds

Feb. 29, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Birds, News

Snow, rain, ice on the trees…beautiful pictures…no electricity so time to watch the birds and other life; including Sugar Bear enjoy this MN morning. Be safe on sidewalks and side streets and in dark houses…

Turtlehead is the common name…and it’s a host plant for butterflies. Beautiful plant as a backdrop for shorter plants all season long. And when it blooms…it’s an eye catcher. Plant one or several, you’ll be glad you did. Gentle Gardens has several in different areas.

Roosting Boxes

Feb. 2, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Birds, Gardening Tips

In cold weather songbirds eat constantly during daylight hours to sustain their energy. At night they expend a lot of that energy fluffing their feathers and shivering to keep warm until dawn. Often thick evergreens and other vegetation fail to provide enough protection for birds trying to get through the night. Though they crowd together for warmth, many birds become seriously dehydrated and freeze to death. Mortality is typically highest among the little birds such as chickadees and titmice. In a very bad snow storm with below freezing temperatures for more than a day or two, as much as 50% of smaller songbirds can perish. This is a real problem and only yardeners can really help. Please consider saving the birds with a few nesting boxes.

Snow Owls

Jan. 30, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Birds, Wild Life

Snowy Owls traveling all the way from the frozen tundra as far south as OK…Mother Nature’s Mystery.

Suet

Jan. 11, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Birds, Wild Life

Suet…make you own and use generous servings. Birds have a high metabolisms and need lots of calories to help stay warm.