Miniature Fairy Garden

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Heat-Loving Container-Garden Plants

The dog days of summer can turn your gorgeous container gardens into a crispy mess. Try these plants that take the heat for color all season long.

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Summer Garden Maintenance Checklist

Summer is a gardener¿s busiest season. If you¿re short on time or not sure what to do, follow this easy summer gardening checklist to keep your lawn and garden in great shape all season long.

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Throw a Garden Party

Greet the season with friends, flowers, and ice cream floats! Featuring pretty paper blooms and a blushing peach punch, this lovely garden gathering will have you celebrating summer in style.

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Creating Succulent Containers

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Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

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Bird Feeding

Supply treats for your favorite birds, and some may sing for their supper.

Birds appreciate supplemental food and fresh water, especially in fall and winter. You can stop feedings in summer, but a continuing supply of food will encourage birds to nest and raise young in your yard.

Attract even more birds and butterflies to your yard; here's how.

Feeding Birds:

  • Different species feed at different levels. So feed birds on the ground, at tabletop level, from hanging feeders, and from feeders placed against tree trunks.
  • Place food near shrubs or trees so birds will have the security of an escape perch nearby.
  • Sprinkle small amounts of food on the ground until you can gauge what's eaten in a day. This will prevent extra food from rotting and making birds ill.
  • Rely on a good-quality birdseed mixture that will attract the widest variety of birds.
  • Serve sunflower seeds in a hanging or post feeder and niger seed in a tube feeder or fine-mesh bag hung from a wire or tree branch.
  • Buy beef suet from your butcher; place it in a mesh bag or in a wire basket and fasten it to the side of a tree or post. It's best to stop serving this when summer comes, as suet will go rancid in the heat.
  • If you live in a frost-free climate, serving sugar water (4 parts water to 1 part sugar) will make you popular year-round with hummingbirds, tanagers, grosbeaks, house finches, and some warblers. In colder climates, serve sugar water during warm months only.

Birds' Favorite Treats

Attract your favorite bird -- with its favorite food!

Hummingbird: sugar water

Bluebird: beef suet, peanuts

Blue Jay: beef suet, peanuts, sunflower seed

Red-Winged Blackbird: millet, peanuts

Cardinal: peanuts, sunflower seeds

American Goldfinch: millet, peanuts, sunflower seed

Baltimore Oriole: beef suet, peanuts, sugar water

Chickadee: beef suet, niger seed, peanuts, sunflower seed

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak: sunflower seed, sugar water

White-Breasted Nuthatch: beef suet, peanuts, sunflower seed

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