It's A Gift

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It’s Official — Well, Almost

by admin - August 21st, 2012.
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In one version or another of this blog, I’m sure that I must have mentioned the fact that my main interest in buying my mother’s house was the almost one acre of land it sits on. If it were possible, I’d love to be in the middle of 10 or 20 acres, but this seemed the best I was ever likely to do — so here we are.

My purpose was to make the yard and tiny stand of trees as wildlife friendly as possible. Besides the usual squirrels and chipmunks, we’ve been visited by deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, a fox, raccoons, and plenty of song birds. There are piles off brush at several edges of the yard, great shelter for small birds and animals when there’s a hawk about. We have one bird feeder up at the moment and will likely put up another one or two in the not too distant future. We also have one of those birdbaths that plugs in to provide water during the winter.

Earlier this year, I got to see a great visual presentation of the difference between our yard and our neighbors’. When I was a kid, I loved to watch the fireflies, did the obligatory kid thing of catching them in jars to make “lanterns” (but I think I did let them out again!). Over the years the firefly population seemed to have thinned out and I thought one year that there might be none at all. During early summer this year, our yard was filled with the critters! They love all the brush and tall weedy wildflowers at the edge of the wood lot, so that’s a factor as well. I looked around at all the little flashes of light in my yard, then looked at the yard in back and the one to our left and saw maybe one firefly in those areas.

Since I garden organically without the use of persistent toxins (often without any pesticides at all), we do get to see some of the butterflies that are getting scarce and even the odd wild honeybee. I’m sure the birds are the better for it too, though I wish I could warn them to stay off Mr. Pesticide’s lawns and come get the worms over on our side.

For years now, I’ve mentioned that I wanted to get the place registered as a backyard habitat, but my husband finally went ahead and registered us this year. Have to admit that I was a little too cheap to get the sign for an extra $30.00 — but maybe next year. . .

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