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The watering hole! Photo by John Meehan
Denise Meehan July 6, 2014 at 10:42 am
just to confirm how important clean unpolluted water is to wildlife, this great photo essay cameRead More through to my email today: http://blog.nwf.org/2014/06/not-a-bird-unexpected-bird-bath-visitors/?s_email_id=20140705_MEM_ENG_Habitat_News_July_Edition%7CSTCat
variegated native violet, photo by author
Ann Darcy May 1, 2014 at 06:59 pm
So wonderful to read your long awaited spring blog, Denise. A fountain of worthwhile information andRead More links, as usual.
Denise Meehan May 1, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Thanks for comment Ann. For a while there, I was questioning my Sanity. We only have .25 of anRead More acre, locating all these plants was a task. Maybe next year I will split a Conservation Pac with one of my Followers! The phrase "More is not always better" comes to mind! Happy May!
Stillife by author
Denise Meehan February 8, 2014 at 06:29 pm
Good for you! I wish I had that portion of the green thumb! As for pine needles. I have plentyRead More too. I just leave them in place as mulch. For a time, I raked them and then placed them under acidic soil loving shrubs, like rhododendrons. Then I did some research, Shared here: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2702/#b And I stopped. I know that pine needles are excellent for use in the bottom of falcon cages, or maybe it is hawks. But you must be certain you are dealing with a certified falconer. Maybe contact a wildlife rehab group? Or, they make nice fill for burlap bears. I have one of those. If the link is correct and they do deter termites ( that part was news to me) then you could use them as that. :0
Denise Meehan February 8, 2014 at 06:42 pm
Cancel the business plan for eco-friendly termite control.. This scientific study slays thatRead More gardening myth. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr075. I leave mine more or less where they fall, not much grows under them. Near them, most anything does. I have considered putting stepping stones through them, but somebody else in the house pointed out that sounded like an awful lot of work. And what will happen when the mower rolls over them? Will they hold up? Finally, he also reminded me that by doing that, I will add another job to my weekly yard stuff, clearing the stepping stones!
Ann Darcy February 9, 2014 at 07:03 pm
Thanks for your reply. I will ask at the bird sanctuary I go to in Oyster Bay if they need any pineRead More needles. Looking forward to your early spring column.
View From Space NOAA/NASA GOES Project
tj January 8, 2014 at 10:46 am
I didnt think it would be that bad, but its pretty horrible out....
Denise Meehan January 8, 2014 at 08:22 pm
It has been awful, makes 19 degrees feel balmy in comparison! Thanks for reading and commenting. IRead More appreciate it! I hope my copy of "The Climate Conscious Gardener" by folks at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden arrives soon. http://www.bbg.org/gardening/handbook/climate_conscious
The Book To Get, image by Timber Press
Denise Meehan December 19, 2013 at 03:14 pm
as promised, an update. Here is the direct link to a Wild Ones Gift Membership:Read More http://www.wildones.org/product/membership/gift-membership/ And Amanda's Wild Garden has extended their special sale for our readers till Saturday 12/21.
Denise Meehan December 19, 2013 at 03:15 pm
http://www.wildones.org/product/membership/gift-membership/ clickable link I hope
Tree Damage from Sandy, Photo by John Meehan
rosy gallica October 30, 2013 at 09:05 am
Thank you for the link to Cornell CE suffolk's do not sell list!!! Too many of us are unaware of theRead More existence of this list and the problems with non native invasive species that have been introduced to our environment.
rosy gallica October 30, 2013 at 09:11 am
A further note: if anyone is interested in using natives in the landscape, a visit the what remainsRead More (19 acres) of the Hempstead Plain ( 40,000 acres) is a must. The remains are located on the grounds of Nassau CC on Charles Lindberg Blvd: www.friendsofhp.org
Denise Meehan October 30, 2013 at 08:43 pm
Rosy, Thank you for your comments. I find that Do Not Sell List is used more as a guide ;). I haveRead More seen many of those plants at Nurseries, Box Stores and even local Garden Club sales! I have wanted to visit the Hempstead Plains for a couple of years. Every time I plan to go, their is either a House or Garden crisis or heavy rain. I Will get there in 2014! thanks for the recommend.
Native Asters, Photo by Author
Denise Meehan October 19, 2013 at 04:37 pm
Updating here: still absent? Good soaking rain. First sighting: yellow jackets, they were sparseRead More this Summer and I didn't notice their absence. Be careful outside! And as I surmised, our crows were overheard across the pond today. They apparantly prefer the Vanderbilt area of Centerport this year! ;0
Ann Darcy October 19, 2013 at 05:14 pm
Wonderful blog, very informative. Your writing has a haiku feel to it. Morning glories are stillRead More blooming here and my spinach and broccoli plants look promising.
Denise Meehan October 22, 2013 at 11:37 am
Thank you for the uplifting comment Ann! Sorry it took me a while to respond. I have been busyRead More watering and transplanting, and am about to embark on my 1st Garden Journal. I love the color of Morning glories. I just do not have enough Sun to benefit them. Also, they are toxic and I have a dog that samples everything ! http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/morning-glory. I am trying to figure our where what these lovely vines are native to, but not with much luck. There are so many types. I use this site to look things up: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/search.php?search_field=Morning+glory&newsearch=true&family=Acanthaceae. Happy gardening, you may need to sow those veggies though ! Cool tonight. And I really hope rain tomorrow ! :)
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