Showing posts from November, 2016

Birdseed Wreaths - For The Birds Updated

Three wreath recipes
As we slowly start edging towards the holidays and outdoor decor, my thoughts immediately turn to the birds ... and making dozens and dozens of birdseed wreaths.

I love the look of them against my tree, while birds of all sorts, from Nuthatches to Sapsuckers, happily and busily visit them all season long. 
Several years back, I conducted a small trial using three different recipes, to see which one the birds preferred (they actually loved them all). To check out those recipes, please see HERE!

Since then, I have stuck to making the two suet versions, as I just cannot bring myself to believe that corn syrup and flour are the way to roll in my organic garden and landscape ; )

The one and only problem with these lovely wreaths, however, is that sometimes, after much love and attention from the birds, they crack in two at the weak point.

The birds like to start pecking up at the top, by the ribbon, and then work their way down. As the side gets narrow and weakens, i…

November Garden Ramblings

The month of November blew in something fierce this year, all blustery, rainy and cold. My motivation to go outside and muck about quickly crumpled into nothingness ... though my garden helper had no problem with the weather.    

Garden helper Ruby Tuesday! 
Luckily, I can putter away in the greenhouse while I wait for nicer, warmer yard work weather.

What to do in the greenhouse this month? 

Turn on the heating. If you have an automatic system, turn your heat on low for the winter months, just a wee bit above freezing. I keep mine at 5° to 7°C all winter, and then in March I will up it to 10°C for all my lovely heirloom tomato seedlings.

Clean up! If you have not yet scrubbed down your greenhouse, do it now. Disinfect to kill any over-wintering bugs and wash down walls and roof to let in as much of our weak winter sun as possible.

Insulate. Bubble wrap or add a layer of poly to retain heat better. Each layer adds 2 degrees of warmth.

Do some planting. Pot up bulbs for a wonderful display …