Great Ideas for the Garden

by on August 19, 2010

Attract More Birds to Your Garden

Attract More Birds

Watching birds bathe, nest, and feed right outside your window is just one of the perks of having a great garden. Follow our tips for increasing bird sightings in your backyard:

Just add water
The single most important thing you can do for birds is to provide water throughout the year with a pond, fountain, or birdbath. Birds like ground-level water, but if predators are around, place the bath at least 2 or 3 feet above ground.

Feeder lore
Make sure you plant bird-friendly plants in your garden (they love native shrubs with berries), and also add a few bird feeders to provide plenty of food. Don’t worry about disrupting migration — birds that migrate will still do so, whether or not you put out food for them.

Light Up Your Patio: Glow-in-the-Dark Planters

Glow-in-the-Dark Planters
Want to add a punch of pizzazz to your patio and garden? There are tons of ways to get creative, but adding some trendy new glow-in-the-dark tables and planters is a surefire way to make your yard the coolest one on the block.

Rotoluxe offers modern-looking outdoor furniture and garden decor with a twist: it’s made of a translucent material that glows from within, creating beautiful mood lighting.

You can choose from contemporary planters, benches, and stands — all designed for indoor and outdoor use. Sizes range from compact cubes (which look great as drink stands at garden parties) to huge pots that can house large trees (cool Christmas tree stand, anyone?)

The products are eco-friendly, too — they’re made of recycled plastics such as milk jugs and grocery bags.

What’s Blooming in Your Garden? Tell Project BudBurst!

Project BudBurstDoes it seem like your forsythia bloomed earlier this year? What about the lilacs? The sunflowers? Gardeners notice things like that. But nobody really cared that we noticed — until now.

Now our keen observation skills are going to be part of the national record via Project BudBurst, a nationwide study of when certain plants flower, leaf out, and bear fruit.

The cool thing about Project BudBurst is that it relies on ordinary, everyday people to observe and record bloom times and other dates. And not only that. Once we sign up online, print out the very official-looking form, and record our data, we become a “citizen scientist” (which, for someone who flunked organic chemistry, comes very close to redemption). Project BudBurst is now in its fourth season, and they’re looking for more volunteers.

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