For the Birds

Cedar Waxwing enjoying winterberry and juniper berries in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Cedar Waxwing enjoying winterberry and juniper berries (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

No matter the animal, I love to feed them. Just look at my chubby horses, plump kitties and rubenesque dogs. And there’s no exception when it comes to my avian friends, either.  Although there are mixed messages about feeding during the summer months, I never miss a day year-round. But along with seeds, our native birds also need protein and fat to thrive. By planting berry producing trees and shrubs, we can provide additional sustenance for our feathered friends through the long winter months. I consulted the experts in my library, Stephen Kress (The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds) and Douglas Tallamy (Bringing Nature Home), to offer some of their recommended plantings as well as a few of my own favorites. [Read more…]

Pick Your Own

Blueberries Ready to Pick in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Blueberries Ripe for Picking (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

During the recent hot spell, all I could do was dream about blueberries.  Visions of blueberries danced in my head, but were far from my hands.  It was simply too hot to pick.  Thankfully, a cool front finally moved into our section of the country, and with it my renewed desire to get out and pick some of my favorite berries.  So, with the sun in the sky and a slight breeze in the air, I donned my comfy hat and supportive shoes, stopped to get my mom along the way, and off we went to pick some scrumptious blueberries.  What could be sweeter? [Read more…]

A Garden for All