What else can you do to protect our spring and summer birds?

(1) Get serious about your gardening. Build oases for yourself and the birds, and wild life. Think organic. These are the new "Victory Gardens". Click here for: Time to start your bird garden, --basic elements .

"A Gardener's Prayer"
                    by Karel Capek
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O Lord, grant that in some way it may rain every day,
Say from about midnight until three o'clock in the morning, but,
You see, it must be gentle & warm so that it can soak in;
Grant that at the same time, it would not rain on campion, alyssum
{Name your favorite.}, heliathus, lavender & others which€
You in Your infinite wisdom know are drought loving plants -- I will write
Their names on a bit of paper if you like --
And grant that the sun may shine the whole day long,
But not everywhere (not, for instance, on the spireae, or
On gention, plantain lily & rhododendron) and not too much;
That there may be plenty of dew & little wind, enough worms,
No plant lice & snails, no mildew, and that once a week thin liquid
Manure and guano may fall from heaven. Amen.

Mary Ann King of Pine Ridge Gardens (An excellent, regional native plant nursery in London, Arkansas -- www.pineridgegardens.com) offers the following for those of us about to dig with high hopes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2) Plant some trees! Click here for: Simple rules for planting trees. Click here for : Growing fruit trees in small spaces (Espalier). Click here for: Conservation fruit trees worth trying. Click here for: Acorns to Oaks. Better yet, plant a grove in the honor of a loved one, or plant a seedling or sapling and name it for your child. Watch it grow together.

(3) What can you grow? Click here for suggestions: Flowers, Vines, Trees and Shrubs.

(4) Birds need water too. Click here for suggestions: Water for birds, a good drink and a bath.