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!


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Carderock, C & O, Potomac 046 Dear Soulful Friends,

Thank you for another year of fellowship in the garden. I am so grateful for you all and it fills my heart to see viewers from all over the world enjoying this blog/site.

We are all connected. Everything we do in our own backyard, affects our global neighbors. Which means any effort that you make to improve your own yard by planting native plants (which host large numbers of insect & animal species), avoiding pesticides and reducing your storm water runoff, has a hugely beneficial impact on you, your family, your neighborhood, your country and the world.

Thank you all for all you do!

Please continue to Like, Comment, Share, Retweet, Pin & Mail to your friends. We are successful because of you.

Gratefully,

The Soulful Gardener

TSG Photos at Quince Orchard Library

Dear Soulful Friends,

I am very excited to let you know that you can view photos from The Soulful Gardner at the Quince Orchard Library located at 15831 Quince Orchard Rd, North Potomac, MD 20878.

I love to capture beautiful moments in the garden and in nature. Sharing those imagesIMG_1999
 with you gives me great pleasure. This is just the first of many shows that I plan to bring to you in the future. It is another way that I will fulfill my mission “to bring people plants and nature together for health and well-being.”

If you would like to bring a “soulful” moment in nature home, please contact me at thesoulfulgardener@gmail.com for pricing information.

Enjoy the show!

 

 

“Holy Hot Tub, Batman…”

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Providing fresh, clean water is the single best way to attract birds to your yard. toad-and-bird-003.JPG

Watch as this American Robin makes the most out of this water feature.

The sound of falling water is soothing and restorative. Even our neighbors enjoy it’s peaceful sounds as they take their evening strolls.

But, who knew that how many other creatures were enjoying the benefits of our half barrel waterfall?

 

 

Peonies Postscript

peonies Seneca Creek Park 011After that great bike ride at Seneca Creek Park, I decided to return to learn more about the Peony garden there.

this large collection of peonies was gifted by The Schwartz Family. The peony is also known as the city flower of Gaithersburg and each year the city hosts a Peony Festival.

Click here to ready more…

“I hope this story leads you off your usual path and encourages you to discover something new right in your own backyard.”

Gray Tree Frog Serenade

gray tree frog CoverLast night we were treated to a beautiful serenade by a tiny yet mighty little singer. Here is what our illusive songster sounded like… 

Do you hear them in your yard at night?

 

The Soulful Gardener Featured at Local Starbucks

Dear Soulful Friends,

Starbucks Show 004It has been a long time since I have had an art show (think college days), but I am very excited to let you know that photos from The Soulful Gardener blog & website are currently being featured at our local Starbucks during the month of June.

Showing these photos is another fun way that I hope to connect people with plants & nature, even if it’s on their coffee break.

I invite you & your friends to the Starbucks in Kingsview Shopping Center to enjoy some coffee & art together. The address is 13408 Kingsview Village Ave., Germantown, Maryland.

I hope you enjoy the show!

I welcome your thoughts about the show in the comments below.