Build a fantastic garden for your children to enjoy and learn to love. Garden activities are just one of many ways to find to time to relax and enjoy what nature has provided.
For Our Feathered Friends:
Birds are a wonder to have in your yard, but planning is key when considering the right type of birds to have over for a visit. Making a bird comfortable takes very little effort, just give them a little room and they will invite themselves.
Bird Bath Project:
- Take three or four pots of different sizes and stack them on top of each other bottoms up, beginning with the largest pot at the bottom.
- Add glue to each section for added security, so pots won't break.
- At the top add a large enough saucer to place as a bird feeder or bird bath.
- Decorate or leave natural looking, either way your project will look amazing.
Birth House Project:
Some birds are less likely to use nesting boxes, preferring instead the shelter of natural trees or even the overhang of a roof. You can still encourage these birds to nest in your yard, attracting cardinals, robins, mourning doves and more by offering an open-fronted nesting shelter.
- Old bucket
- Hammer and nails
- Screwdriver and wood screw
- Needle-nose pliers
- Spray paint
Paint. Painting is often the easiest way to transform the ordinary into something snazzy. But this is up to personal preference, but remember that some birds don't like shinny or flashy objects especially near their nesting site.
Prepare to Hang. Drill a hole at the center of the bucket, and also four more at the top and bottom as needed. But if you think you might attach your nesting box differently, make sure it’s ready to hang before accessorizing it with delicate objects.
Accessorize. The shape of this little bucket reminded me of a head, which made me want to add a hat. I didn’t want this topper to overwhelm the bucket, so I decided to use wire. I also like the way wire bends, and the fact that birds (unlike bigger critters) have no problem perching on it. The bucket’s wire handle gave me an easy way to attach the hat.
Hang. When choosing a location, keep in mind that Carolina wrens, cardinals, and robins are the most likely birds to take up residence in a nest box. Carolina wren nests are frequently found near homes, usually 3 to 6 feet off the ground, and in odd places. Robins’ nests tend to be in the lower halves of trees, as well as in gutters or eaves, and on outdoor light fixtures and other structures. You’ll have better luck attracting cardinals if you place the nesting box in a very sheltered area with plenty of dense cover.
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DIY Backyard Project
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Have questions on WATER conservation?
But don't know who to ask or where to begin? Xeriscape is a perfect solution for your water conservation needs. There are many ways to save water, it first beings with a simple over view of what you want to achive with your yard.
For our Colorful Winged Visitors:
Butterfly's are an amazing creature that gives more that what we think. With its miles of flying and many varieties of pollen that it gathers up from here to there. We should be appreciative to make the most for butterfly's when they visit or garden space. Butterfly stages come in two separate forms, as they vary in location.
The best method to begin your Butterfly garden space, we must begin with a basic desgin that will provide a polonged season of flowers. Perrenials, such as chives, dianthus, beebalm, butterfly weed, mints, black-eyed Susan, and purple coneflower, offer a succession of blooms. Don't forget to add annuals that flower all season, such as cosmos, petunias, and zinnias, to fill out the border banquet. Select flowers with many small tubular flowers or florets-liatris, goldenrod, and verbena, for example-or those with single flowers, such as French marigold, Shasta daisy, and sunflower.
Most importantly, keep in mind that butterfly's also need to nest and feed their young. So planting a smart butterfly garden begins by providing nourishment for their young. Otherwise butterflies will only pass along, trees and shrubs are an excellent sources would be yard-willows, poplars, cherry trees, and spicebush, for example-but they also include herbs, such as dill, fennel, angelica, and parsley, and weedy plants like common milkweed and thistles. One of the best-known butterflies, the monarch, lays its eggs only on milkweed, and its larvae feed on the plant. The weediness of some host plants makes them less than desirable for a space within your more attractive garden beds, but they serve the same function if you place them away in a corner of the yard. To keep them from becoming invasive, remember to remove their spent blooms before they go to seed.
Life Stages of a Butterfly:
- Larva = Caterpillar
- Pupa = Chrysalis
- Adult = Butterfly
More Plants for Butterflies
Caterpillars feed on these plants
(Many lay their eggs on them)
- Passion Vine
- Pearly Everlasting
- Many Trees and Shrubs
Butterflies like these plants for Nectar
- Buttgerfly Bush