Just Feedin’ the Birds!

Want to do something nice for the birds?  Feed them!  Here's an easy way to do it! Get a grapefruit (any suitable citrus will work). Cut it in half. Eat the grapefruit. (Important step) Fill grapefruit halves with bird seed. Set grapefruit halves on a deck rail Enjoy watching the birds! Piece of cake - or rather a piece of fruit!

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A Light post, Bird Feeder Station, and Hanging Basket Stand all in One!

I'm sure you've always been wondering "Where can I find a light post that can double as a bird feeder station and has a spot for hanging baskets too?"  You've come to the right place because I'm going to show you my latest project for Lowe's Creative Ideas.  The challenge this month was "Old and New."  Essentially we had to take something we had lying around and reuse it with a few newer materials.  In my case I had several old decorative posts that used to hold up my parents front porch before they had them replaced.  Some of the posts were rotting on the bottom but had decent wood further up the post.  Worth saving and reusing if possible but couldn't be used to hold up a front porch (Unless you're a hobbit and like short front porches). Our family loves to watch the birds around our garden.  More…

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Randomness from Wednesday

Wednesday was full of randomness, although it wasn't all gardening.  A little bird watching, a little gardening, and a little bit of house stuff all rolled together to make a Wednesday. The day started with a trip to the home improvement store.  Not for gardening stuff this time but for painting materials.  A bathroom in our house needs redone so I ventured out to find what we needed.  Fortunately the garden center area wasn't stocked yet and the temptation to add more plants to the garden was not there. Later in the day I went out exploring the garden in the 30 degree weather.  And I found this: The hyacinths are rising!  Already.  It seems very early to me but the weather has been much warmer this year and it makes sense.  I looked back at a blog post from 2009 and saw that the last week of January was…

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A Little Birdwatching

With many gardening activities slowing down and the temperatures dropping (although yesterday the temperature was actually near 70 degrees!) I spend much more time indoors.  Fortunately I can still enjoy the great outdoors by watching the birds stop by to visit the bird feeders.  Here are a few of the visitors who stopped by for breakfast yesterday and the day before! The bluejay in the first picture doesn't stop by often.  He tends to gather food from the ground rather than actually eating from the bird feeder. We have cardinals and chickadees all the time.  Chickadees are pretty neat birds.  They don't seem to mind this gardener being out there with them and neither does their cousin the titmouse. Here's a female cardinal posing for her picture. This little woodpecker has been a frequent guest lately.  Birds love easy to find grub! Here he is again with a white capped…

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It’s December, Do You Know What That Means?

Today is December 1st, 2011.  The first day of the last month of the year, do you know what that means? Mockingbird on a Frosty Morning Only 137 days left until our last frost date here in Middle Tennessee!!!  WOOHOO! OK, I sound completely ridiculous here but think about all the stuff that has to get done before that planting date over the winter.  Seed catalogs need drooled over, new plant introductions need perused, seeds for planting in the garden need selected, garden beds need prepared, weeds need weeded, seeds need planted, mulch needs put out, plants need transplanted, hardwood cuttings need to be taken, and there are many, many more things I could list. Here are few things for the Winter Garden To-Do List: Finish moving plants around.  I have a red twig dogwood in a bad spot that needs a new home and several other plants that really…

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Taking Flight

When stuck indoors on a cold winter day while layers of snow blanket the ground there isn't much else to do other than watch the birds! Well maybe there is something else to do but chores are not as much fun!

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Cedar Waxwings Near a Cedar Glade

Over Thanksgiving we spent some time in Mt. Juliet at my in-laws home. I always enjoy traipsing around the woods near their house just to explore. I did that often as a kid at my grandfather's house and I've always been fond of spending time in the great outdoors. Often I come home with rocks for my garden borders but I almost always can find a neat picture of some kind to share. The wooded area near their home is similar to the cedar glades that are prevalent in the region. Cedar glades usually consist of plants that can thrive in heavy limestone rock like cedar trees! Not far the east of their home is the Cedars of Lebanon State Park which is well known for its cedar glades. While exploring I managed to spot a small winged creature that I've only seen twice before. It was a cedar waxwing.…

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Plant Holding Bin and a Birdhouse (Weekend Projects)

This weekend I worked on two garden projects. One took a a good deal of time to complete while the other only took about an hour and a half. The big project was a plant holding bin to hold my propagated plants that aren't ready for in the ground planting yet. Fortunately I was the recipient of some old deck wood a couple years ago that since then has been resting comfortably in the back. Amazingly it is still in pretty decent shape after two years of sitting through our weather. I'll write a full post on its construction later this week but here is the finished product: It's essentially a set of three raised beds that will be nestled into the slope of the hill. The middle one is 4'x8' and the two triangular raised beds are 4' on two sides and about 5'8" on the slope side (remember…

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Chickadee Ready for A Closeup

This little chickadee was seen on my back deck going after some birdseed.  It's always fun to watch the chickadees fly around. They seem fearless and will often just land a few feet way while I'm working in the garden. I didn't participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count last weekend but I think next year I'll jump in and count some feathered friends.

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Cold Cardinals and Mockingbird Backsides

Is it cold enough for you yet? Too cold if you ask me! Temperatures are not destined to be above freezing in the foreseeable future here in TN. I'm intentionally laying low indoors due to those low temperatures but others are not so lucky. The birds are fluffing their feathers out as much as they possibly can in an effort to buffer the cold air away from their skin. Take this cardinal for instance. He's staring off into the yard from the vantage point of a butterfly bush in the birdbath garden. The butterfly bush serves as a good refuge for the birds from hungry predators like cats and hawks. The birds like to dart back and forth from the bush to the bird feeders nearby. Here again is another male cardinal or maybe even the same one resting in the Yoshino Cherry Tree in the front yard.  It's amazing…

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