Rock Gardens … A Different Kind of Garden

Written by Bonnie P. Carrier

Planting a Rock Garden is a great alternative torepparttar normal flower and vegetable garden.

Where Should This Garden Go:

Typically an ideal spot for a rock garden is on a slope or naturally terraced area with rock formations already in place.

However nature has not blessed every home with this perfect set up which means you will need to create an area from scratch using topsoil and rocks.

This can be done most anywhere you choose against a wall or fence, alongrepparttar 139149 house or back of a garage – this is where I had one of my rock gardens – having one within an existing garden would also look quite nice.

How Big Should It Be:

This decision of course is going to be entirely up to you taking into consideration how much time you have and how much space you have to work with.

You may have seen pictures in magazines of very elaborate looking rock gardens with waterfalls or streams running through them and paths made up of large flat rock for walking. However, small, simply designed gardens look just as good and inrepparttar 139150 long run for many of use will work out better.

This is especially true if you are making one from scratch, you need to considerrepparttar 139151 amount of time needed to build it andrepparttar 139152 cost factor as you’ll be needing topsoil, rocks and plants.

Rememberrepparttar 139153 old saying we all head growing up “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach” well it applies here as well, start small and build up over time.

I’ve had rock gardens at two different homes both had to be started from scratch and both started out small.

The first started small mainly because I’d never done one before, in fact it didn’t start out to be a rock garden at all. It started as a flower garden right behindrepparttar 139154 garage, butrepparttar 139155 discovery of some Hens & Chicks at a local nursery changed everything.

Which now leads torepparttar 139156 next section, plants.

What Plants To Use

This type of garden is a little different from what you may normally be accustomed to – large plants with brightly colored blooms.

Here you want plants that are relatively small, there are many low growing perennials available.

And don’t get to caught up in whetherrepparttar 139157 plants has flowers or not, what your looking for is something to enhance and complementrepparttar 139158 rock clusters you’ve put together.

Adding a Bird Feeder to your Garden

Written by Johann Erickson

If you arerepparttar type of person who enjoys all aspects of nature, and loves to see it right at your door or outsiderepparttar 138812 window, consider hanging some bird feeders that are suitable torepparttar 138813 feathered population of your region.

A little research atrepparttar 138814 library or overrepparttar 138815 Internet, will tell you what type of birds are likely to frequent your area inrepparttar 138816 various seasons. Once you know that, you can look up their dietary preferences, and from there you’ll be able to choose bird feeders that will deliverrepparttar 138817 appropriate blend of foods, in an easily accessible way. Bear in mind that bird feeders which are filled with large size seeds, or fragments of corn and peanuts, must have an adequate opening to dispenserepparttar 138818 contents, orrepparttar 138819 birds will realize they can’t get atrepparttar 138820 food, and will go elsewhere.

Another consideration, is where to place your feeder in terms of height, and location relative torepparttar 138821 house orrepparttar 138822 “traffic” of humans or pets. Some birds that become accustomed torepparttar 138823 presence of humans, will feed regardless of your presence, but more easily startled species may refuse to come down out of trees if there is too much activity aroundrepparttar 138824 feeding station.

There are all kinds of beautiful and decorative bird feeders for species that peck their food fromrepparttar 138825 ground. These include charming figures such as angels, fairies or cherubs, holding out bowls, orrepparttar 138826 large blossom of a flower, which serves asrepparttar 138827 dish for cracked corn, and other feeds.

Birds that prefer not to light while they dine, will appreciate one ofrepparttar 138828 hanging bird feeders that you can suspend from a tree branch, or a special upright bracket attached to a patio railing. You’ll find a wide variety of shapes and styles, in colorful stained glass, and shaped like gazebos, barns, or natural wood logs. But again, keep in mindrepparttar 138829 type of seed you’ll be putting in it. There can be quite a difference in what is appropriate torepparttar 138830 species of birds in your area, ranging in size fromrepparttar 138831 very tiny thistle seed known as niger, which is fed to finches, andrepparttar 138832 larger, black and white striped sunflower seeds favored by Blue Jays, and other big birds. If you want to avoidrepparttar 138833 problems that seed size can cause, you might opt forrepparttar 138834 open hanging dish, which come in charming designs like a large flower blossom, a lily pad with a frog, or a decorative arrangement of leaves, with a miniature gazing ball.

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