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THE NATURAL BACKYARD HABITAT – GARDENING AS IF WILDLIFE MATTERED

Gardening With Wildlife: A Complete Guide To Attracting and Enjoying The fascinating Creatures in Your Backyard

Gardening With Wildlife: A Complete Guide To Attracting and Enjoying The Fascinating Creatures in Your Backyard by the National Wildlife Federation.

“Heart’s Desire”

…it’s that if I ever look for my heart’s desire again I’ll never look further than my own backyard; because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with”.

Spoken by Dorothy, from the movie Wizard of Oz, and the book by L. Frank Baum.

The Wild Garden

The Monarchs of Spring

 

“Nature ——wild Nature——dwells in gardens just as she dwells in the tangled woods, in the deeps of the sea, and on the heights of the mountains; and the wilder the garden, the more you will see of her there. If you would see here unspoiled and in many forms, let your garden be a wild place, a place of trees and shrubs and vines and grass, even a place where weeds are granted a certain tolerance; for gardens which are merely pick and span plots of combed and curried flower-beds have little attraction for the birds or for the other people of the wild. Yet, into any garden, no matter how artificial or how tame, some wild things will find their way. It is a shallow boast, this talk we hear about man’s conquest of nature. It will be time to talk in that fashion when man has learned to check or control the march of the seasons or when he has brought some spot of earth so thoroughly under his dominion that it remains insensible to the impulse of the spring. He has not done that yet, and he never will. Spring in a garden is as irresistible, as incredible, as a spring in the heart  of the wilderness”.

To get rid of pests from infecting your beautiful garden call in professionals from Insight Pest Control Madison WI to help.

From Adventures In Green Places by Herbert Ravenel Sass

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Michael Patrick McCarty

Dovecotes, Anyone?

 

Garden Dovecote

As many of you know, a dovecote is a compartmental structure, often raised on a pole, and once commonly used for housing domesticated pigeons and the production of squab. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have been used for centuries by many cultures throughout the world.

We don’t have one on property as yet, but I hope that a little sweat equity will change that soon. I am fascinated with their form and function and captivated by the quaint romance of it all.

A giant bird house it may be, but it’s also much more than that. It’s a great way for the small property owner to ensure a steady supply of fresh poultry* for the dinner table, at minimal cost or trouble. When carefully or artistically built, they can add an immeasurable charm to any garden or secluded backyard hideaway. We find pigeon watching to be very soothing, and perhaps you do too.

We would love to hear from anyone who feels the same way about the dovecote. Send us your plans, your stories, or your pictures. We always have time to talk about pigeons, and the pleasures of the backyard.

*And yes, pigeon is classified as poultry.

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Money And Sustenance

“When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money”.

Cree Prophecy