nature spaces

  • Garden for Wildlife!

      This is the 45th anniversary of the Garden for Wildlife program through the National Wildlife Federation.  Since 1973 and encompassing 2.5 million wildlife-friendly acres of backyards, gardens, fields, and community spaces across the United States, the Garden for Wildlife program helps to educate and inspire people to turn their own small pieces of Earth into thriving […]

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  • Backyard Tour Part 5

    The last, final and LONGEST part of my yard tour! I tried- I really did- to keep this efficient and short- 😅. No can do, friends! Lots to see and say, I guess! Hope you find some inspiration 🌱 https://youtu.be/vExjH5Qf7RY        

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  • Backyard Tour Part 3

    For your viewing pleasure, I present to you the 3rd (of 5) leg of my yard tour.

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  • The New Suburban Yard Model

    Okay, so I hope this will be the new model for yards in the suburbs!  This is the first of maybe 5 (?) videos of my yard, as requested by a few friends and family, much to my delight!  When I share what I’ve done over the last several years to our yard, it’s not […]

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  • What to do About Transplant Shock

    As I’ve been moving and shaking things up in my yard, I decided to move my Golden Elderberry to a better spot.  I stayed a good distance out from the base of the bush so I could try to get most of the main roots and was shocked that the roots weren’t a little more […]

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  • Guilding a Food Forest

    Okay, that was a stolen play on words, coming from the fella that inspired our front yard transformation, Michael Judd, the author of Edible Landscaping. Since I’m learning as I go – and I’m trying to learn fast -the short of it is that we’ve built a “forest guild” or a “food forest” of sorts. […]

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  • A Habitat for Hummingbirds

    Hummingbirds are fun little fairies that flit around the yard and if you’re really lucky, they may even hover to check you out  – this happened to me once in the rain forest in Brazil and I won’t soon forget it!  These little guys need a lot of food to sustain their energy and there […]

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  • What to Feed a Hummingbird

                  Everyone who has a backyard, porch, patio or window seems to get a smile on their face when hummingbirds visit their yard.  Who doesn’t think they’re cute?! Seeing this little Ruby-Throated Hummer always makes me happy.  If you’re new to feeding hummers or are thinking about it, here […]

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  • Let’s Take a Walk

    In an effort to reduce our “mowable” space, we wiped out one side of our house’s grass in favor of a “living walkway”.  A living walkway is a beautiful and functional space that allows for water to penetrate the earth and give nourishment to the plants contained within it. I’m inherently frugal and spending a cajillion dollars […]

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  • I Spy Joe-Pye

    I dug this gem up from the banks of my sister’s creek.  I didn’t know what it was; I just liked it! Joe-Pye Weed is super easy to grow and is a perennial- meaning you plant it once and every year your Joe-Pye Weed will come back all by itself! The groovy thing about this […]

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