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…

Not long now…

Our Growing Family

Mother's Day 2016 (14)How we created an Edible Garden together

Every Mother’s Day, I ask for the same thing; to spend the day together in the garden. This year, we created an Edible Garden,
complete with herbs, vegetables and edible flowers.          Here is our story…

Spring is here!

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The Nesting Season is upon us. Here’s how you can help our native birds and their broods.

  • Provide nesting boxes, trees, thickets and/or dense brush.
  • Nesting birds need extra protein, for themselves and their young. Offer a variety of nuts and seeds in your feeders. 96% of birds rely on insects to feed their young. Maintain a healthy garden with a variety of insects. Avoid herbicides and pesticides.
  • Fresh water is essential for birds. This can be provided by a bird bath, fountain or pond. Remember, birds need a shallow place to sit in the water so that they can drink, wash and preen their feathers safely. Hummingbirds will not enter water that is greater than 1/4″ deep.

Tells us in the comments, What elements do you or will you provide for our native birds this nesting season?

Happy Spring!

 

It won’t be long now…

Celebrate with The Soulful Gardener

Carderock-C-O-Potomac-landscape-frame-059.JPGAt the NEW Homewood Suites, Gaithersburg Grand Opening on Thursday, June 11th from 4 p.m. –
7 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. & get more information here.

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:45 p.m.

“Celebrate our hotel opening with Homewood’s Lewis the Duck and support the Gaithersburg environment as the Muddy Branch Alliance showcases local artists in support of our tributary streams and watershed. Displayed art will be available for purchase. ”  ~ Homewood Suites, Washington D.C. North, Gaithersburg

False-Blue-Indigo-Frame-May-Potomac.JPGAs one of the guest artists, I will have a collection of signature photographs on display and available for purchase. I will also have information about custom presentations you can schedule for your garden club, eco-action group, HOA and/or green organization.

Come celebrate the opening of Homewood Suites while looking at beautiful local art and enjoying some nibbles and noshes. Remember to R.S.V.P. so we can plan accordingly.

Hope to see all my local Soulful friends there!

Worried about your spring bulbs in the snow?

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Don’t! Snow actually acts as an insulating blanket, protecting plants from fluctuating temperatures. Once it melts, your buds will be just fine and ready for warmer days that will coax open their tender buds, displaying their bright, cheery faces.Buried Treasure - IB (1024x911)Spring Garden 009

Happy First Day of Spring!

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Creating your own Certified Wildlife Habitat is fun for the whole family and great for the enviornment

NWF Nestlings CoverLet me show you how easy it is to attract pollinators, birds & wildlife to your own backyard. It will be a constant source of entertainment and education for the whole family.

Don’t forget, I’ll be talking about gardening to attract birds at The Wild Bird Center in Gaithersburg. Call 301-330-9453, to reserve your free seat.

Happy Gardening!

Fresh, unfrozen water, vital to birds & animals

Common Flicker, birds in winter pond 023The number one way to attract birds and wildlife to your yard is to provide a steady source of fresh, unfrozen water. Water is an essential, life-giving element in any/every ecosystem. It is the first step in creating your own backyard habitat.

Common Flicker, birds in winter pond 014Today this male Common (“Yellow Shafted”) Flicker stopped by our pond for a drink. Note the black mustache and yellow markings on its hind wings. The Common Flicker is part of the woodpecker family and is about 12-14″ tall. You can sometimes spot them in the summer hopping awkwardly on the ground eating ants.

We were so pleasantly surprised by his visit this morning.

Common Flicker, birds in winter pond 016Please feel free to like, share, tweet and forward to your friends and family.

Happy Gardening!

‘Leaf’ Me Alone!

Wife Convinces Husband of New Approach, Turning Fall Leaves into Black Gold

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mulch leaves 003There are many benefits to recycling fall leaves right on your own property. Doing so provides:

  1. leaf layer: a mini ecosystem on which many insects & animals depend for warmth, shelter and food in winter.
  2. Leaves break down into nutrient rich soil, a.k.a. “Black Gold.”
  3. Reduces the use of fossil fuels to transport them to an off-site composter.
  4. Reduces the cost of purchasing them back next season as finished leaf compost.
  5. Prevents organic matter from entering the landfill, where it produces dangerous gases as it breaks down

We tried three approaches this year:

  • Mulching:
    • A mulching lawn mower
    • A weed whacker and a trash can
  • Composting some whole leaves
  • Left some leaves in place to provide a winter habitat for wildlife

I hope we inspire you to capture the “Black Gold” on your property!

Happy Gardening!