Hummingbird at Feeder

Attracting Hummingbirds To Your Garden

Hummingbirds provide a lot of theatre-type enjoyment to us, and since the beautiful Flame Acanthus in the picture  below is sitting just outside my office window, I have  a constant parade of delicate dancers swooping in and out for a drink. Hummingbird feeders work to attract them too and can be hung right outside a favorite window for  watching – I like the ones that have perches.  Many garden centers carry them and this website has some really good ones… http://www.backyardwildbirds.com/servlet/the-Hummingbird-Feeders/Categories  (do not add red  food coloring to the sugar water or buy  nectar that has it in it-it is […]

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Composting 101 – Lazy Compost

As simple as you can make it – is your best way.  Location—anywhere—but shade in Texas is best. Nitrogen Wet or Green Contents – green leaves-food scraps (veggies and fruit–coffee grounds,- egg shells, -green leaves) Carbon Dry or Brown Contents-dry leaves,-dry grass, if needed  for dry material – shredded newspaper Always cover wet / green with brown / dry and this will eliminate any common  complaints about compost-it will not smell and it will not  be yucky-or attract critters. Water Add once a week in shade—more often in sun—if you are getting fire ant problems—it is too dry- add water […]

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Mole Control– and Other Strange Critters

Yesterday I had a very full day–I realized the evening before that I have had a mole running amok through my north flower beds–the little critter had  tunneled up under my cone flowers and other perennials-leaving their roots pushed up into the hot air and they looked pretty damaged as a result–I had two choices–trap / kill  the varmint-or spray to repel it for a few weeks–believe it or not the spray is longer lasting control because if you have a mole–then you have a welcoming habitat-and as soon as others realize that  there is an opening–they will come in and claim the […]

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