Thursday, February 25, 2010

An Easy Hummingbird Garden

Seedpack Wildlife Garden

Hummingbird Garden Seeds

I don't think it gets easier than this...a seedpack wildlife garden! This pack of Botanical Interests seeds will plant 14 square feet, that's about a 3 1/2 feet square, a 7 x 2 rectangle or, my favorite, a 4.5' diameter circle.
Plop a birdbath in the center for charm and convenience should your hummingbird want to take a bit of a bath!
Here's how to do it:
  • Choose a sunny spot.
  • Stake out and clear the area of weeds, rocks, etc.
  • Add some composty top soil (a 2 cu ft bag should do it).
  • Turn the compost in with a shovel or hoe, and rake it nice.
  • Broadcast your seeds (the seed packet will give exact instructions as to depth, etc).
  • Add a birdbath (the water should be shallow, no more than 1 1/2 inches deep. Add some rocks if necessary so they can have a little something to stand on. Some sort of perch would be appreciated as well. Maybe a branch nearby?
a birdbath from my garden

Although Botanical Seeds are sold in many nurseries, I didn't find these specialty seeds locally. If you want to order from them directly, here's the link: Hummingbird Haven seeds!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Family Fun at the Los Angeles Arboretum

If I were in L.A. on February 27th, I'd be at the family event, Hey Kids Get Lost at the L.A. Arboretum...

somthing marvelous at the L.A. Arboretum
... or maybe I'd just be looking at these gorgeous structures!