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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 […]


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…

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.


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.

Winter Birds

Jan. 7, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Birds, Wild Life

Trying to jury rig our bird feeder so the squirrels can’t get to it easily. Smile…they are very clever and I am still not clever enough. Oh well, I feel responsible to feed them too…just not so much.


Jan. 3, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Birds

Cardinals are a great combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style; they are very popular among birders and non birders alike…who can miss them? They get their red feathers from eating berries and other red foods. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.

Make a Wildlife Christmas Tree…put it to use for the birds. Use cotton string and hang pinecones filled with peanut butter and bird seeds. Use saved pumpkin seeds, grapes, cranberries and popcorn garlands. Hang bagels and colorful Indian corn, even rice cakes are enjoyed by your feathered friends.

Blue Jay

Jan. 2, 2012 No Comments Posted under: Birds

Blue Jay

Our resident Blue Jay…King of Gentle Gardens…he insists that I add water to this bird bath even though Gentle Gardens has a heated bird bath!

Egg Shells

Sep. 2, 2011 No Comments Posted under: Gardening Tips

Egg shells add calcium and carbon to your soil and they are great for tomatoes. Put egg shells in a gallon of water (a jug that you can seal) and water your plants. When water is all gone, empty the shells and start all over again. Boiling takes lots of minerals from the shells so cool the water and use it for your house plants…right away otherwise you’ll get a stinky odor…yikes. Add crushed clean egg shells to bird feeders, this will add calcium to the birds and helps them sharpen their beaks. Slugs don’t like crushed egg shells, so use them under your hostas.