How You Can Help Prevent Needless Bird Deaths


If you’ve been reading Your Gardening Friend posts for any decent length of time, you know I love birds. Yes, I like chickens – for both their taste and cuteness – but I’m talkin’ about the little chirping birds around the house.

I’m in awe of God, that He created such a vast array of birds in size, bird calls, mannerisms, and color. Just like the brilliant colored fish found in coral reefs, sometimes I think God created what we need for sustenance and then so much more simply for our enjoyment and entertainment. Most importantly, all creation bears witness to God.

We’ve lived in this house for 6.5 years. In all those years I’ve never cleaned ALL the windows. As a matter of fact, of the 13 windows in our house, only two have been cleaned on both the inside and outside more than once. Those two windows are picture windows near our kitchen table. It’s from those windows I can see the front porch, all bird feeders, eventually that will include the bird feeder I recently made, a vintage tea kettle windchime that’s been used as a bird nest, and our bubbling boulder.

I like those two windows to be squeaky clean for the best view and enjoyment possible. The problem with the windows being THAT clean is the birds don’t realize the glass panes are there.

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The Dandelion – A Medicinal Cornucopia {And Edible}

Never would I have thought I would come to appreciate, even admire, the common dandelion (i.e., “Taraxacum officinale”).

What I once called a stubborn, defiant, nuisance of a weed, I now describe as a timeless, medicinal cornucopia – a medicinal plant with no rival – with an impressive recipe repertoire of possibilities.

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This was shared on the following blog hops or link-ups:
‘Encourage One Another’ Wednesday Link-Up
Homestead Barn Hop
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Poison Ivy Natural Remedies

Most people have gotten into poison ivy at least once, and suffered the consequences. However, some have been blessed with a natural defense against poison ivy’s urushiol oil. They seem to experience no allergic reaction.

My grandpa is such a person. As a young boy, … I shudder to even say this … he ate poison ivy. I don’t know, or remember, why. Maybe it involved a group of little boys trying to outdo each other in double-dares. Who knows, but he learned he’s not allergic to poison ivy. (Do NOT eat poison ivy. Doing so is EXTREMELY dangerous.)

For those not like my grandpa, the constant itchy and burning sensation can be so intense they’ll go to extreme measures to find relief. I read how one person broke open their blisters, and then poured bleach on them. Someone I know poured gasoline on his poison ivy rash.

In this post, we’re going to stick to natural remedies. ;)

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7 Ways to Stay Cool in Hot Summer Days

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It’s that time of year of being hot and miserable! Or, if you’re a glass half-full kind of person, it’s the time of year to find creative ways to stay cool and comfortable.

A “perfect” weather day for me is bright and sunny (but enjoyed in the shade), low humidity, 72-75 degrees, and a light breeze. Ahhhhh … I know summer days can’t always be like that, but some days can be so hot, even I hate being outside. There’s usually something easy that can be done, though, to make even the most miserable days more enjoyable.

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Why I Wear A Garden Hat (The No. 1 Reason)


I’m sure you can probably think of a few really good reasons to wear a garden hat. It’s also possible that none of those reasons are the number one reason why I wear one.

I’ll give you a clue. I live in the thick of the woods. If you’ve spent any good length of time in the woods WITHOUT a hat, you know exactly what I’m talkin’ about – TICKS!!!

They literally fall out of the trees, and into your hair. How, you ask? It’s simple: ticks have legs… they like to crawl… they crawl up trees, and

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