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Top 10 Things Your Garden Gives You

Monday, May 12th, 2014
May is Gifts From the Garden Month. After April’s spring gardening – April is National Gardening Month – it’s time to sit back and enjoy some of the benefits. Here are the top ten things your garden, large, small, or in-between, can do for you.
Hanging Metal Oval Sign Life is Good Garden Stake
10. Physical Fitness – This isn’t something you usually think of when gardening, but even keeping up with those weeds provides a gym-quality workout.
9.  Wildlife Refuge – Your garden plantings provide food and shelter for a whole host of creatures. Add a birdbath or fountain and you’ve provided everything an animal needs. Then you can sit back and enjoy their antics.
8.  Child-Friendly Creative Play – Whether you’re a parent or grandparent, involving children in the gardening process is a great way to teach them Earth science as well as build valuable shared memories. Plus, it’s fun!
7.  Increased Property Value – We all know about curb appeal. Gardens not only enrich our tenure living in a home, they inspire prospective buyers.
Tulip Plant Stand
Copper Star 6.  Flowers to Bring Inside – By planting a few varieties that produce cut flowers, you can bring the beauty and fragrance of your garden inside. You can even bundle some up to take to a friend.

5.  Beautiful Views – No matter where you are—outside or in—garden views augment your decor.

4.  Aromatherapy – Fragrant plants stimulate the senses and can improve your mood or reduce stress.

3.  Perfect Location for Parties – Who doesn’t enjoy a garden party? Places of natural beauty invite conversation and relaxation. With a garden as the venue, all you need for a successful party are refreshments.

2.  The Best Produce Available – Garden-fresh vegetables and fruits are the most flavorful and healthy you can eat. Fresh herbs from your garden provide more flavor than their store-bought companions.

And the number one gift your garden gives you?

1.  Time and a Place to Relax – Whether you find your zen in working with the plants, or in just sitting quietly and enjoying the views, your garden provides you with a huge variety of stress-reduction opportunities.

So get out there and putter around, then take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Your garden is a gift to yourself and to the world around you.

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50 Star Flag Outdoor Bird Clock & Thermometer

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Tuesday Recipe: Homemade Bird Food

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
February is National Bird-Feeding Month. We post recipes throughout the year on our blog and decided that this month we would pay special attention to our favorite creatures to watch outside this time of year: birds! Each of these recipes can easily be prepared at home, saving you the cost of having to purchase suet or birdseed mixes at the store every time you run out. Take some time on a cloudy day to prepare these mixes and attract local birds to your yard naturally. We also have many bird feeder options available on our website for those looking to add a decorative and functional piece to their yards.
10" Hanging Bird Seed Sunflower Classic Perch Bird Feeder
Homemade Bird Food Basics

  • To make suet, use any combination of fat (leftover grease or lard), or even peanut butter
  • Save tuna or cat food cans to form your suet shapes
  • Birds also like dried fruit pieces like raisins, currants, apricots or citron
  • Pinecones are a great option for hanging bird feeders; simply coat them in peanut butter and roll into birdseed. Hang the pinecone with biodegradable jute twine so that it will decompose naturally.
Bird Tree With Cardinals Print
Birds Trivet Set

Outdoor Bird Clock & Thermometer Basic Suet Cake from the Farmer’s Almanac Archives

Adjust the ingredient amounts to suit your needs.

  • 2 parts melted fat (bacon fat, suet, or lard)
  • 2 parts yellow cornmeal
  • 1 part peanut butter

Mix all ingredients together and cook for a few minutes. Pour into small containers (tuna fish cans are good), and refrigerate or freeze until needed. Mixture can also be stuffed into 1-inch holes drilled in small logs to hang from trees. The recipe can be made all year long as long as you accumulate fat. Fasten containers securely to trees or feeders.


What to Add to Your Suet Mixture

Take one part suet, recipe above, and mix it with the following ingredients for a tasty treat for any bird visiting your yard all year long!

  • 1 part cornmeal or finely cracked corn
  • 1 part peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1 part sunflower kernels or chopped nuts
  • 1 part brown sugar
  • 1 part chopped dried fruit (currants, raisins, prunes, etc.)
Backyard Birds Storage Tins

Metal Bird Door Knocker Kid Friendly Fun

Kids love making bird feeders, especially when they are able to enjoy watching the birds congregate around their creation all year long. Here are some ideas to get those creative hands working hard:

  • Coat a pinecone in peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter), then roll in birdseed. Tie the pinecone to any tree with jute twine.
  • Hollow out orange halves and fill with birdseed. Hang the orange halves by punching holes to thread with knotted jute twine.
  • Mix suet (recipe above) and birdseed or dried fruit bits and shape the mix by pressing into cookie cutters. Make a hole in the top of each shape for the jute twine to fit through. Lay the shapes on foil to dry out (or freeze), then hang in your trees.

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