Leaf ’em alone

Keep those valuable nutrients on your own property 

A leaf layer…

  1. Fall Leaves 2Creates an ecosystem where many insects & animals will find warmth, shelter and winter food. Check out these Freezable Frogs who rely
    on a leaf layer for winter survival.
  2. Reduces the use of fossil fuels to transport leaves to an off-site composter.
  3. Reduces the cost of purchasing them back next season as finished leaf compost.
  4. Prevents organic matter from entering the landfill, where it produces dangerous gases as it breaks down.
  5. Use shredded leaves as fall mulch.

Learn how here…

First Frogs of 2015

First Frogs of Spring 2015 012The frogs have been peeking out of the First Frogs of Spring 2015 010water for a few weeks now. But today is 70 degrees and apparently warm enough for them to venture out and sun themselves. I counted 7 in and around the pond this afternoon. Look how different they look.

The weather has been quite unpredictable here in the Washington D.C. area. Winter just won’t let go of its tight grip. But nature is not phased. The fish are out and about, the bulbs continue to slowly emerge from the First Frogs of Spring 2015 018ground and the frogs are drying out from their water-logged winter slumber.

Have you noticed that the birds have changed their tune, too? I hear the American Robins ushering in Spring with a fresh new melody. Mating and nesting is sure to commence. Tip: Put the hair from your hairbrush out onto a bush or tree. The birds will collect it for nesting material. #reuse #repurpose

Which signs of Spring are you enjoying most?

Five Freezable Frogs

Animals deal with freezing temperatures in one of three ways. Migration (leave), Hibernation (sleep), or Coping (deal).

001 (2)Five of our North American frogs cope with winter by allowing themselves to freeze in place. They thaw just in time to participate in a spring fling mating celebration.

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Happy Gardening!