Archive for June, 2014

Tires

Posted June 11, 2014 By Ruth

Examples of tires in the garden.

 

This is a large tractor tire, its got some very happy strawberries and a variety of flowers growing in it.  I”ll have to transplant out at last some of the flowers either this fall or next spring.  I did cut the sidewalls out of this.

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I wish I’d gotten some photos of it over the winter, the black rubber definetly holds the heat well, and at the same time its not to hot to lean against even in full sun in the summer.  Picture taken a couple weeks ago.

 

My main garden, which uses a variety of sizes of car and truck tires.  I did cut the sidewalls out of these as well.

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Picture taken a couple weeks ago.

And close ups of the tires:

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And this is the only one I painted, I just used some cheap spray paint, nothing fancy, but so far its holding up well.  I did not cut the sidewalls out of this one, but it came off a Mustang, and so there wasn’t much sidewall anyway.

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There’s no reason you HAVE to cut out the sidewalls, though doing so gives you 2-6 extra inches of growing space.

Birds

Posted June 8, 2014 By Ruth

Passing by some fields this week and I caught sight of this:

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Thats a Killdeer chasing off a female Northern Harrier.  There were actually two Killdeer, but I couldn’t get an angle on the 2nd one.  I assume the Harrier came to close to their nest.

 

And I saw my first Pileated Woodpecker:

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Now that I’ve gotten a good look at him I think I’ve actually been seeing him flying around but hadn’t been able to ID him from those glimpses.

 

And I saw my first Indigo Bunting!

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The Bluebirds might not be nesting in any of my boxes but they are in the area at least:

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We set up a second humming bird feeder in the back, the fights over the one in front are fun to watch, but still…..I’ve been slowly working on inching my way closer and closer to it while the hummers feed, and as a result have managed to get some awesome shots out of it:

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I also discovered that at least one of the male Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds (the only breed that normal here) thats hanging around is actually gold throated:

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Did some research and it looks like that golden/orange throat isn’t abnormal, but they don’t actually know the cause of it yet.  Theories range from a genetic quirk to feather age to some combination there-of.

Managed to catch some shots of a young Bald Eagle being harassed by some crows, but I won’t post the pictures cause they’re pretty horrid.  I had to get help IDing the birds on them because of the long range and horrid lighting.

Seen Osprey several times.  There’s definitely a nest somewhere not to far south of us, in a straight line over us from the lake, as I’ve now seen an Osprey powering over with a fish headed in direct line flight over my head on several occasions.

The Orioles have completely stopped coming into the feeders.  I haven’t changed what I’m putting out for them, and they’re definitely still hanging around the yard as I see and hear them regularly.  They’re just not coming in to the feeders.  Not sure what happened.

The Ceder Waxwings are back!  Haven’t found any nests yet this year though.

Garden pictures from this week

Posted June 8, 2014 By Ruth

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Apollo has decided he doesn’t like deer

Posted June 8, 2014 By Ruth

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They keep invading his yard!  I do have to say though, between the big barky dog and the Plantskydd deer repellent so far nothing’s been chewed on in the garden (the fruit trees are another story though!).