So, what does that mean exactly? Well, for me, it means to garden with an eye toward creating a sanctuary for birds, pollinators, other insects, reptiles, and other wildlife. To create an environment free of the toxins—the herbicides, pesticides and synthetic fertilizers that are poisoning us and the world around us—in which the local wildlife... Continue Reading →
Despite my love of plants, I never forget that a primary reason for expanding the garden is to entice and support more wildlife. As I've mentioned, our property consists of approximately 5 acres of yard, gardens, orchard and pasture with the remaining acreage (now 47 acres since selling off the back 80 acres to our... Continue Reading →
We've been quite lucky this spring. We've been graced with an Eastern Phoebe nesting in our sheep barn; building her nest atop a light fixture. She successfully hatched 3 babies, who seemed to take very little time at all to go from tiny creatures to full fledglings flitting about the barn for a day or... Continue Reading →
Now that we have so many flowers in bloom, the butterflies are back in force. Nora captured some wonderful photos yesterday, including some of a very photogenic goldfinch.
As spring continues to warm, breathing life into the foliage and blossoms, the birds and other wildlife are becoming more active around the house. We spotted two types of birds that we've never before seen on the property, the Eastern Kingbird and the Eastern Phoebe, and even saw a coyote trotting down the side of... Continue Reading →
Spring is definitely here. The days are warming, as are the overnights (a little too quickly for my taste). I wake up to the chorus of song birds, and fall asleep to the lovely sound of the spring peepers. The bunnies, chipmunks and squirrels are frolicking around the yard, and we had our first siting of Mr. Woodchuck... Continue Reading →
We put two nesting boxes in our orchard a couple of years ago. They sit on opposite sides of the space, probably 200' or so apart. Last year, a tree sparrow couple took up residence in the one closest to the house and graced us with a family of 5 that spent the summer pirouetting over... Continue Reading →
As usual, it's not been a stellar start to March. The month arrived with its typical, unpleasant fervor. Cold temperatures -- in the negatives yesterday with wind chill and a toasty -2 this morning on wake-up -- with some snow showers off and on over the past couple of days. Looks like were heading for... Continue Reading →