I’m sorry!! This post is coming way later than I meant it to, so I hope you can at least pin it or pack it away for next year. The moment we got started with this project the rainy weather rolled in and there was not one kid volunteering to play in the rain at these temps. Smart kids. Brrrrr.
I don’t know how things go in your house, if you celebrate Christmas, but at mine we had a few years where I had to deal with seriously upset children the day the Christmas tree came down. I can’t say I blame them. I miss it when it’s gone too, but the sad faces made me look for a way to turn the whole event into something a little less traumatic. For all of us. 🙂
Something you should know about my little gang of short people? They LOVE feeding and watching the birds. As we were making peanut butter and birdseed pine cones for the birds it occurred to me that we could hang them on the Christmas tree that was sitting at the edge of the woods waiting to get dragged away. Then the hamster on the wheel in my head got it really spinning and I asked myself why couldn’t we decorate the whole thing with all kinds of fun, yummy treats for the birds and make a little event out of it. The kids L.O.V.E. this every year. It’s become a really fun tradition that we all look forward to. The tree gets taken down in the house and put up in the yard near our other bird feeders and we go to town making all kinds of “ornaments.”
You can do this with whatever you have around the house. The birds (and squirrels) love fruits like oranges and apples. Plus they make the tree so pretty. We also cover pine cones with peanut butter and birdseed, which we’ve always made every year.
With a little string or thread you can make some pretty garland out of popcorn and cranberries.
We usually do some strands with just cranberries, but with the weather not cooperating we didn’t get to it all this time. Maybe in a week or two, after the birds and squirrels have eaten everything, will give it another go.
Be warned, “some” people are only in it for the popcorn. 😉
Making the ornaments might not have been his thing, but he’s all in when it’s time to decorate. 🙂
Cuz that’s the best part, right?!
The pine cones are always the biggest hit.
I love the garland. 🙂
We’ve had years when it has been decorated more, but it’s still beautiful this year and the birds certainly do love it. This guy couldn’t wait for a bite.
I hope you’ll be able to tuck this away for next year. It’s a great family tradition!
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Enough rambling? Want a garden update and some pictures? Me too! 🙂
With the weather being so crazy I never did get peas planted in the garden. 🙁 I have a couple of pots of sugar snaps on my deck, so hopefully they will give us a good bunch to snack on.
The peppers looking gorgeous! I wish I had enough pots to move them up a size and give them a little more room like I did with the tomatoes. Maybe next year I will buy some since I have lots of extra room with the new greenhouse. I am also trying an experiment with a handful of them destroying them by chopping the whole top off, I mean carefully pruning them. I recently watched a video which demonstrated pepper pruning, so scary as it might be, I decided to try it out on a few that were trying to bloom right now, before they got put into the ground. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Redbor Kale looking mighty fine! I have some in several different places, and the color is all slightly different. Most of it is more purple, but this window box is in a slightly warmer/brighter spot, so it is more green. So cool!
I have had this window box on my back deck for a very long time. I’m pretty sure I put it out there right after we moved here, so probably like 12ish years? I planted marigolds once and have always dropped seeds from the plants on top when they finally fizzle for the year and I chop the dead ones down. I love that I never have to replant them, and last year I added rabbit manure to the box and they were so huge, I had to dig some out and put them in the garden because there wasn’t enough room for them all. I think our insane winter ruined my streak though. :/ Either that, or I will have to just let the 4 or 5 plants that came up have the box to themselves this year and hope for better seed survival next year. We’ll see…
My herb “garden.” If you don’t do any container gardening, you really, REALLY should! It’s so fun and easy and WAY convenient! My herbs have always been in window boxes on the deck. I use them a lot more when I can just step out the door and cut myself some beautiful, fresh herbs! There is also basil and parsley that reseeded on their own coming up in this box. The purple sage is new for me this year. It’s so pretty! I’ve wanted some for quite a while and am really excited to have found some!
The chives and oregano. These both came from my mom’s garden years ago, and come back every year so pretty. I’ll tell you a secret though. I have never, ever used the chives. Ever. I keep them because the flowers are sooooo pretty and they originally came from my grandmother’s garden. I guess I’m a sentimental gardener, but there’s something special about having plants that came from people dear to your heart. 🙂
There’s a little action from the main garden for you. Beets making their appearance. See, told you I was late. :/ Darn weather!
Nature is so awesome! This is the spot I dumped the contents of our compost bin last fall. It was almost ready, but not quite, so I covered it with straw to hopefully keep out any critters and let it finish over the winter. There are literally hundreds of baby tomato plants coming up! I wish I knew what type they were. It will kill me to pull them all up, but this is the spot for the squash and cucumbers. I normally love volunteers, but there’s just too many of the silly things.
I have to go out again and count the number of flowers and baby berries on this one plant. I just couldn’t believe it! I planted the strawberries last year and covered them with woodchips when they were done. (Had to add some straw a couple months ago when they were popping up and it was going to snow again). I am hoping we are going to have tons of berries soon! Strawberries are my favorite!!! And apparently they go ga-ga for woodchips!
Ah! Now here’s a volunteer that gets to stay! Pretty sure it’s a pumpkin, but we’ll have to wait and see. I didn’t leave anything in this spot, so I’m not quite sure what got carried there. I think I put the broccoli and cauliflower in too late again. Sigh. One year I’ll get it right!
The plum tree. So exciting to see the “sticks” that I planted coming alive!
Now my parents gave me a GORGEOUS peach tree for my birthday! It was covered in blooms and so pretty really that I would want one even if it didn’t fruit. One of our late frosts got the blooms, but I am keeping my fingers crossed they had time to get themselves pollinated. I’m not sure if these are baby peaches or not. Fingers crossed!!
Another volunteer. Can you see it on this side of the strawberry plant? It’s a sunflower! We fed the birds this winter and one must’ve dropped one of the black oiled sunflower seeds, because I found the shell next to this little guy. I’m still trying to decide if I need to move him or not.
I’ve been cutting buds off the tomato plants all week, but decided to leave these on one of my Sweet Pea Currants. It might stunt the plant, but do I care? NOPE. This girl is ready for some ‘maters! 🙂
They’re going in the garden this weekend!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!
Malabar Climbing Spinach anyone? My mom brought me the seeds from a plant and garden show. Yay mom!
An extra Japanese Black Trifele plant I’m leaving the blooms on too.
Look who I found sunning himself in my yard. He was so itty bitty he was almost cute. Almost. Hopefully he’ll grow up and eat some of my stupid moles and voles and we can be friends.
Can’t wait to get in the garden this weekend!!!!! 🙂