Making Bird Tenants Welcome

We have almost made it through.  Soon the sun will be shining, the birds will be singing and it will be spring again.  There is something magical about birds calling our yard their home, but if we really want to enjoy them and our garden we need to create a living space for these creatures so they are welcome guests rather then welcome pests.

The first thing we would do with any company is make sure we feed them.  When looking at a bird feeder we need to spend a little time finding out what birds are local to our area.  Although the design of many bird feeders is similar the way these flying friends eat and what they eat is as diverse as the possible cuisine in your neighborhood.  There is nothing more disappointing then buying a bird feeder and looking forward to seeing a certain type of bird only to find out that particular bird never comes around our house, would never eat out of that type of feeder or doesn’t eat the food we served.  Just like being sure we are aware of the dietary needs of our children’s friend when they come over we need to make sure first we understand the bird feeder needs of our feather visitors.

Once we start feeding the birds and word gets out we have the food they are looking for the birds will flock (pun intended) to our house.  If we want them to do more then just stop buy for a bite we need to provide the birds a nice bird house to live.  Since we now know what kind of birds we will have we can use that information to also determine what kind of bird house they need.  We can get birdhouses in sizes, shapes, colors, and styles so that the house will make the birds want to nest there as well as become a compliment to décor of our yard and garden.

What bird sanctuary back yard would be complete without a bird bath.  As you can imagine a refreshing break from flying around is a nice clean bath to splash in and relax in.  Besides pedestal style bird baths we all think of there are bird baths that can be mounted to a deck railing, ones that can be integrated into our garden pond and many other styles to choose from.  There are even bird baths that come with heaters and de-icers so that your back yard tenants can use them all year round to get a nice drink and keep themselves clean.

If you are lucky enough to life in an area where the are my favorite is the hummingbird.  As we know these speedy little creatures never stop flapping, even to eat.  Of course there is a special hummingbird feeder  just to meet their needs.  If hummingbirds live in your area I would encourage you to get some feeders for them.  It is an exciting treat to watch this beautiful little creature flit around our yard and drink from the feeder.  You won’t regret it.

No matter what kind of birds you end up with in your yard this year make them feel welcome with these few special things you can do to make your world inviting to our avian friends.

Butcher Block Countertop Kitchen Cart – the gem of your deck

We have talked a lot about our plans for our outdoor area, but perhaps one of the best investments we could make for our outdoor patio would be a butcher block countertop kitchen cart. These things are a gem. First of all it is something we will use all the time outside chopping melons or vegetables for kabobs or even prepping our meat for the grill. They are also one of the few items we purchase for our outside dining experience that will find itself hijacked and used in the house just as much or more then it is used inside.

Butcher Block Countertops are the most amazing food preparation area you could ask for. The perfect cutting surface for anything you want to cut. Butcher Block is also easy to clean and lasts a long time even with having someone take knife to it everyday. Butcher Block Countertops come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are portable ones, like a cutting board on steroids, to permanently installed countertops. Perhaps though the one I like the best is the Butcher Block Kitchen Cart. On wheels so it can go where you need it, you can wheel your butcher block right up next to the stove or the grill, or you can wheel it next to the table for cutting fresh bread or melons while you are eating. Imagine wheeling your butcher block kitchen cart right up to the table and serving you guest a watermelon cut right before their eyes this summer. Makes you wish it was summer already doesn’t it.

When making our plans for our patio don’t forget to include the gem of your deck the butcher block countertop.

Dreams of an Outdoor Firepit

As I sit here staring at my gas fireplace, my thoughts go to an outdoor gas logs firepit. I love being outside. I love being in the hot tub on a crisp day. I tend to use my hot tub long after most people have shut theirs down for the season. What I have always wanted was a glassed in room overlooking the garden with a hot tub and a nice gas fireplace. Now don’t get me wrong wood burning fireplaces are great but once you have had a gas fireplace it is really hard to go go back to wood. With a wood fireplace you have to want to buy wood or pellets for them constantly. You have to keep adding wood or pellets to them while they are running to keep them working. Not to mention having to clean ash out of them and so on. It is so wonderful when you can just flip the switch and have a nice, warm fire in minutes. Gas logs are SO much easier to use and much more convenient.

So lets talk about what we will need to have a gas logs fireplace. First we need to determine what is the area our fireplace is going to be like; Is it indoors or is it outdoors? Can we use a ventless gas log or do we need a vent? Then, of course, we need to know what company would make us a great deal on all our gas log needs? One company I know of is Hansen Wholesale. Hansen is an exclusive dealer for R. H. Peterson Real Fyre Gas Logs. They guarantee the lowest price, which is a tough claim to make these days on the internet, but they make it. Hansen Wholesale has been making this guarantee since they opening in 1994. Perhaps the best news of all is that Hansen Wholesale is currently running a $75 additional discount AND no sales tax AND FREE shipping!!! – Now how is THAT for a heck of a deal.

The shocking part of the whole gas logs fireplace decision isn’t the price, it is how many different types, styles, and options there is to choose from. That is why I love the Gas Log FAQ which helps you determine not only what there is available, but what you are looking for, how things work, why they work that way and what will work best for you.

So why not; let’s have a gas logs firepit in our backyard or screen porch area and enjoy the outdoors even more. Think of how much longer (maybe even all year long) we can enjoy the outdoors if we have a nice, blazing fire to cuddle up to while we watch the sunset.

Window Boxes – Enjoy a mini garden all year long

Whether you live in an apartment or a house, whether you have a huge backyard or your yard is the sidewalk out front window boxes can allow you to have the garden you crave. Let your inner gardener out all year long with these wonderful little gardens in a box. Now is the perfect time of year to not only think about what type of window box you might want, but also to get started planting and growing your little garden in a box indoors.

Garden Window Boxes are a fantastic way for you to have a garden in your house or just outside you window. Simple to use, flexible for any space, and the best part there are planters for any size window and even window box planter stands that you can use indoors or out.

There are, of course, the standard wooden window boxes which can be painted to match the trim or color of you house, but there are so many more options. Vinyl window boxes that go with your vinyl siding and have the same durable qualities that the siding on your house has. Most people have seen the basket style indoor or patio window box and even the window plant boxes at ground level decorating walkways, decks and sidewalks. But did you know you can also get window plant boxes in a number of different types of metal as well? There are aluminum window boxes, copper window boxes, steel, wrought iron and so on to compliment your home and garden and give it that extra special flair you are looking for this year.

All too often we find ourselves discovering a beautiful plant or flower that would go perfect with our house in the middle of summer and are saddened by the short amount of time we get enjoy them before the season is over and winter hits again. This year lets resolve to be prepared. Find your window box planters now and enjoy them all year long.

Spring into Planter Planning Now

With 2010 behind us and January rapidly slipping away now is the time to shop and prep our planters for spring. Today we would like to take a look at some planters that are not only a wonderful addition to the inside of your house, but could also transition outdoors in the spring to make your deck or patio blossom with color.

There are a number of counter top planters to choose from. There is an assortment of gorgeous traditional terracotta planters ranging from the basic to the ornate. Then of course there is the widely popular basket planter which is flexible and works with so many different decors. As well as so many new and modern types of counter top planters that include stainless steel, artistic and even a planter that has the look of brushed chrome. These counter top planters can of course go outside but they are so beautiful they may just find a permanent place in both your heart and your home.

You may find you lean more toward a more ornate decorative planter and if so you are in luck. You can find decorative planters in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are so many types to choose from:
– Ornate bowls
– Urns from small to large, basic to fancy
– Hanging baskets
– Square decorative planters
– Free Standing Window Box style planters
And SO much more

One thing for sure NOW is the time to buy while the selection is HOT and the inventory is high. Don’t let this season spring up on you. Get the jump on your planter planning now.

Preparing your shed for winter

People who own garden sheds or garden furniture should be looking to treat their products as the winter months could potentially cause a lot of damage.

Simple products like Ronseal have a positive impact on the length of time a wooden product lasts, so a lick of ronseal on your Garden Shed will have a positive impact.

A lick of Ronseal will also make your garden shed look good too.

This article has been supplied by garden shed company Lidget http://www.lidget.co.uk

 

A Gardening Carnival – June 25, 2008

Welcome to the June 25, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

carnival-ride.JPGTiffany Washko presents Freedom Gardens – Grow Your Own Food posted at Natural Family Living Blog.

Dora Renee Wilkerson presents Y-2K Hippie: 06/19/08 posted at Knitting, horses, and my family., saying, “Just posted about some of the things I made with my parents when they came to visit me. We picked wild blackberries and made a berry berry jam, made cheese, and shampoo with soapwort.”

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Matthew Sauer presents Garden Update: Bio-diversity? posted at Play the Dad? Be the Dad!, saying, “It is my first year with a vegetable garden of my own , working on keeping track of what I learn as I go through the process. Growing up on the inside and the outside.”

Sam presents The Secret Lives of Bees. Honey, Health and Harvests ! Surfer Sam posted at Surfer Sam and Friends, saying, “The Secret Lives of Bees. About one-third of the human food supply depends on bee pollination. We also use honey and bee pollen as natural food products to promote wellness. Bees are beneficial for everyone. Bees, we can’t do without them.”

Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips – Cheap Gardening posted at Tip Diva, saying, “Gardening is a fun, relaxing hobby for many, and the end result yields plenty of food, flowers and foliage. But it does not have to be expensive. Here are ways to save while gardening”

Nancy Canyon presents The Beginnings of My Community Garden posted at The Community Gardener, saying, “I have a community garden in Fairhaven and I’m writing about gardening by myself, now that I’m a single woman again. And a grandmother. The blog is humerous, and also I’ve been gardening all my life, so it’s full of info too.”

Adam Berry presents How to Extend The Life of Garden Tools posted at The Compost Heap, saying, “some tips on how to extend the lifespan of your garden tools”

Sarah presents Ridding Your Lawn of Gophers, Moles and Other Rodents | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “If you’ve ever turned your ankle in a gopher hole, you know that these animal pests can be hazardous as well as make your lawn look unsightly.”

Amy L. presents Creating a Butterfly Garden posted at Housekeeping Tips, saying, “A great way to bring butterflies closer to your home is with the construction of a garden that includes plants known to attract butterflies.”

James presents Gardening For A Sustainable Planet posted at Ways To Simplify.

Jeff Tincher presents Get Out And Do Some Gardening, It’s Good For The Body and Soul | West Glenmoore, PA – Beautiful. Green. Home. posted at West Glenmoore, PA – Beautiful. Green. Home., saying, “The benefits of gardening and how it works to exercise your body.”

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nimuae905@yahoo.com presents Tips for Growing Herbs Indoors posted at The Herb Gardener, saying, “Keeping herbs indoors is easier if you understand the two of the most important aspects of living in a pot – light and water.”

kids gardening

Mother Hen presents Squash Eatin’ Squid posted at Mother Hen.

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Elizabeth Harrin presents SmartDraw 2008: planning the garden posted at A Girl’s Guide to Managing Projects, saying, “This is a review of a piece of software that will give you the opportunity to plan out your garden before you take the plunge: great for landscapers.”

lawn care

Raimondo Solari presents Inexpensive, Eco-Friendly Green Lawn Care posted at Garden Gab, saying, “With the availability of water becoming a scarce resource and lawns being one of the top culprits of sucking up valuable water, it’s time to try and keep an “eco-friendly” lawn that will still look good and yet not thirst so much.”

organic gardening

Melanie Rimmer presents Jungle Clearance – Before and After posted at Bean-Sprouts, saying, “How to clear a large weedy area without weedkiller and without backbreaking digging.”

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Amy L. presents Which Mattress Is Best For You? posted at Housekeeping Tips, saying, “Every year, thousands of people purchase mattresses, only to find that their new mattresses are as uncomfortable as the old ones.”

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:: Suzanne :: presents garden update posted at :: adventures in daily living ::.

Tiffany Ludwig presents Not a Crock-Pot Recipe posted at Loving the Low-Carb Lifestyle, saying, “A great recipe for lasagna using what’s in your garden.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on July 30, 2008

How to Buy a Hammock

With Fathers Day quickly approaching, many people are busy trying to find that perfect gift for Dad to show their love and appreciation for all he does. A very popular gift is a hammock. A hammock can help Dad to relax after a hard day at work in his garden and yard. But how do you choose the right hammock for the Dad in your life?

There are many different styles available on the market today and you are sure to find one that will be perfect for Dad. In this short video, we will explore several choices and options for buying that perfect hammock.

Now that you have seen the many different styles available, which hammock will you choose for your Dad? Why did you choose the one you did?

Mothers Day Gifts in the Garden

If your mom loves to spend time in her garden, why not help her create a sanctuary that she can enjoy? There are many different things available on the market today that will help you to give your mom a mothers day gift to use in her garden. Here are a few of the bigger ideas we had here at Her Gardening Blog:

Wind Chimes

Help your mom escape to a musical retreat with a new wind chime for her garden. She will love the soft twinkling sounds that will emit from the chimes. There are several different styles to choose from and each chime will play a musical song all of its own. One of our favorite wind chimes are the Amazing Grace Chimes by Woodstock. This chime has a beautiful tonal quality and the pipes resonate with the tune Amazing Grace. Mom will enjoy the serenity this brings to her soul as she reflects on the melody that celebrates her Creator.


Swing

Give mom a place to kick up her feet and relax in the garden. She will enjoy spending evenings in the garden gently swinging and taking in the beauty all around her. Find one that has all-weather fabric or choose a wooden one such as a Cedar Swing instead. She will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Lawn Furniture

 

This can be as extravagant as you would like it to be. You could choose pieces that reflect your mother’s style. There are pieces which are intricate in design and there are pieces which are more functional. There are even pieces that you may choose just for the level of comfort they provide such as the Strathwood Chaise Lounge . Choose one individual piece or choose an entire matching set. Mom will love using her new lawn furniture for garden parties or family meals and picnics in the garden.

Statuary

Give mom a gift that will last throughout all seasons in her garden. There are many different statuary figures to choose from like this Fishing Boy. And you are sure to find something that reflects your mother’s taste and personality. She will enjoy the lifelike figures and they will bring a smile to her face all year as she thinks of your thoughtfulness.

These are just a few of the big ideas we had for Mother’s Day. What are some other big ideas that you have for your mom’s garden?