Don’t Be a Fair-Weathered Friend

What’s blooming now? The birds! While the flowers in our Northeast Georgia gardens are down for a long winter’s nap, the birds are carrying the water for Mother Nature when it comes to providing color and kick outdoors. Unfortunately, it’s easy to be fair-weather friends to the loyal avian pals that stick it out with […]

Bramberi Farms Part 2

In an earlier post, I described my enjoyable and enlightening visit with Ann Seigies at Bramberi Farm, her organic berry farm in Lumpkin County.  Ann and her husband, Joern, are producing plentiful and healthful crops without the use of dangerous pesticides or commercial fertilizers. One of the natural methods of insect control mentioned in that […]

Going Native

native Pink Lady Slipper

I asked a friend and fellow master gardener, Janet Martin to write about gardening with native plants. Janet is using native plants exclusively in her North Georgia home and she explains why she is only using natives. (The photos are taken from Janet’s garden.)   Shall I Plant Natives or Exotics? Whether you’re starting a […]

Creating Box Turtle Habitat – Backyard Wildlife Gardening

  The common box turtle is not so common these days. Fresh water and safe corridors for wild turtles to travel safely through have grown increasingly scarce. They require loose, non-compacted earth to live and breed in which is becoming harder to find. Another issue they face is that land fragmentation has made it difficult […]

Water for Birds and Wildlife Gardens

Water is the most important element for successful bird garden design. It is even more important than food! In order to attract wildlife to your yard, their basic survival needs must be met. This includes: Food, shelter/nesting sites and water. Songbirds are adept at finding food and shelter on their own however water can be […]

Small Trees for Pollinator and Butterfly Gardens

Trees for Pollinator and Butterfly Gardens Carefully considering which trees to plant when designing a garden for butterflies and pollinators is crucial. Simply die to their size, a tree can offer a lot of food at once to wildlife. You can create a pollinator friendly yard and still have an attractive landscape by including the […]

Georgia Butterfly Host Plants – Backyard Habitat

  Georgia Butterfly Host Plants An important factor to consider when planning a butterfly garden is what you will include as host plants for caterpillars to feed from. Butterfly host plants offer a site for the butterfly to lay their eggs which will also be a food source for the caterpillars once the eggs hatch. […]

Shrubs for Butterfly, Bee and Pollinator Friendly Gardens

Food Source Plants for Pollinator and Butterfly Gardens When creating a garden to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, shrubs are an important design element. Shrubs have a larger size than perennials so they offer a larger supply of nectar and pollen. They also provide shelter and permanent branches and twigs for caterpillars to […]

Hedgerows for Wildlife Gardens – Backyard Habitat

  One of the best things homeowners can do to help wildlife is to create a hedgerow on their property. Birds, bats, beneficial insects and other animals have suffered due to loss of habitat and a hedgerow is a step toward offering a place for them to live, breed and find food. Not only will […]

Trees for Bird Garden Design – Backyard Habitat

Attracting Wild Birds with Trees – Backyard Habitat Ideas Trees are an important element of successful bird garden design. They offer shelter and protection from predators, nesting sites as well as may provide a food source for songbirds. Trees which produce fruit or berries for birds will ensure that they visit your yard! A good […]