Fine Gardening Secrets Revealed

Written by Sally Summers

I hope you don't think I'm a bad person for admitting this to you. I was feeling a little bit jealous of my sister. Let me explain...

Every year, I visit my sister Joan in Houston -- and every year, her garden just keeps getting even more beautiful. On my last visit, she had a dazzling display of fabulous cutting flowers that absolutely took my breath away.

When she saw how impressed I was -- and how inquisitive I was about how she had created such a magnificent garden -- Joan finally let me in on her secret. It's a secret that just a small number of avid gardeners had kept to themselves for years.

Butrepparttar secret isn't a secret anymore.

It's Fine Gardening magazine!

Fine Gardening isrepparttar 140715 magazine dedicated to gardening enthusiasts like you and me who want to surround ourselves with beauty, but need some guidance to achieve our dream gardens! Withrepparttar 140716 inspiration and information found only in Fine Gardening, your garden will thrive like never before with colorful, abundant spreads of your favorite flowers!

Ten Things To Consider Before Buying A Bird House

Written by Cedar Creek Woodshop

Ten Things To Consider When Purchasing A Bird House

When you decide to buy one bird house or more -- be aware that there are many designs being sold that are unsuitable forrepparttar birds. These houses may not attract any birds orrepparttar 140714 types of birds you wish, or they may actually be harmful. Many are very cute and look like little decorated houses. There is nothing wrong with these, but they are usually more appropriate as indoor decoration than as good safe homes for wild birds. Below is a checklist ofrepparttar 140715 ten most important features of a good working bird house. Before you put a house out for wild birds, be sure it has these ten features. If it is decorative and still has these features, then it is fine to put it out.
The Ten Things:
1. No Perch Tree holes inrepparttar 140716 wild have no perches, sorepparttar 140717 birds that use nest boxes do not need them. They can be a disadvantage in that they may attract House Sparrows, an invasive species that often takes over nests from our native hole-nesting birds.

2. Diameter Of Entrance Hole Most of our common hole-nesting birds can use an entrance hole 1-1/2 inches in diameter. This size also keeps out Starlings, another invasive species that takes over nest boxes from native species.

3. Inside Flooring Dimensions The inside dimensions ofrepparttar 140718 box are important and should be at least 4 inches by 4 inches so that there is room forrepparttar 140719 young to develop.

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