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Water for Wildlife and Your Gardens
June 08, 2020
Hi,

June’s full Moon is typically the last full Moon of spring or the first of summer

Traditionally called the 'Strawberry Moon'.

The name, 'Strawberry Moon', originated with Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. 

Please Pray for our people,
and country.

The girls (pictured at the bottom), finally get a hair cut later this week, as the lock down slowly opens.

Like me, they have packed on some extra weight the past couple of months.

I am working on all three of us to lose weight.

Did you clean your feeding station?

Summer heat means lots of water for gardens and animal life.

Are your water sources being cleaned regularly?

There is usually at least one family of Canada geese at the pond.

Family size consists of one baby to as many as 11 with several in between sizes.

Sometimes they come up and glean under the bird feeders.

Though messy, I do enjoy watching the geese (up to a point).

The parents always keep the young between them and one adult is always on watch as the young and other parent feed.

That is parenting and team work

Nature always has something to offer.

I don't typically have Cedar Waxwings visiting this time of year.

A handful have come and gone several times the past few days.

Normally they visit in the winter, when there is frozen berries and fruits for them to gorge on.

When you finally figure it out, your gardens are supposed to be the same way.

Offering something for nature and for you.

Your gardens should help relax You and bring you joy.

Do your gardens bring a smile to your face?

Do you feel a bit more relaxed just sitting and admiring the movement and sound that wildlife brings?

And the colors and shapes of your flowers and plants?

If not, then you are doing something wrong my friend.

Wildlife gardens are meant to be a reflection of native surroundings and habitats.

You can get lost in nature.

You can lose track of time.

You see, I relax more as I admire our Creator's handy work.

I pick up individual sounds and sometimes smells.

WOW!

Loosen up a bit and enjoy your gardens.

Make them an extension of you or you home.

Fill them with your personalities too.

Not just flowers and shrubs, but some whimsical or special piece of yard art.

A bench, special fountain or wind chimes (I love windchimes).

My newest chime is pictured above.

My yard is filed with signs, figures, and even a special place for my beloved Akita.

Something that says YOU!

Wildlife gardens aren't just for wildlife, they are for us to enjoy as well.

Just like wildlife and nature are for us to enjoy.

Subdue and be a good steward.

Genesis 1: 26-28, pretty much commands Adam and Eve to subdue and have dominion.

However, rather than giving human beings rights over nature, I think these verses give us the responsibility to care for nature in a way that is consistent with God’s will.

Clean, Fresh, Water:

Water is offered in several ways.

If nature doesn't offer water in the way of streams, springs, lakes, rain, dew, etc. in our yards and mini habitats,

We can.

A few ways we offer water for wildlife:

Birdbaths.

Misters.

Drippers.

Bird creeks.

Ponds and water gardens.

I know that some of you have natural steams and bodies of water.

Some of you have built or had built a pond or water garden.

I have a tiny water garden and live just a 100 yards or so from a natural pond and some wetlands.

Man made ponds attract frogs, dragonflies and several water bugs.

Some water gardens attract turtles as well.

It has been said,

Man is attracted by two things, fire and moving water.

See how people congregate around fires.

We love the sound of moving water.

It could be a babbling brook or the thunderous roar of a waterfall.

We seek them out.

Water gardens are much the same way.

Wildlife seeks them out and we want the sounds of moving water.

A little man made waterfall or a fountain running.

Be sure to place your water gardens of even your fountain near your house or deck.

Locate them where you can enjoy them visually as well as audibly.

Ponds or water gardens can be constructed over a few days if you know what you are doing.

Larger ponds need a few friends. I would recommend having the experts come in for a larger job.

People that know what do.

What to look for and understand all the  why's and why not's.

There is so much to understand when building a water garden.

Liners, pitch, grade, degrees, limier feet, pump pressure etc.

Once you have your pond or water garden in, sit back for a spell.

The biggest mistake many people make is wanting crystal clear water (this doesn't happen overnight).

They are forever scrubbing and cleaning (like we do for our bird bath).

Draining water and refilling.

Two weeks later they are complaining about algae again.

First of all, how many crystal clear ponds have you seen in nature?

Yes, clear ponds do happen, but it takes time and some help.

Naturally, it takes 2 to 3 years for a water garden to develop it's own natural ecosystem.

Good bacteria and bad bacteria.

You will help by planting certain water plants that balance other elements of your garden.

Water gardening becomes a fine art, and may not be for you.

Once you have practiced the art long enough, it becomes second nature.

Just like your water garden becomes second nature.

Ask just about anyone that has a water garden and they wouldn't trade it in or give it up.

The best advice for anyone wanting a water garden is to read and prepare.

Understand and be patient.

Even gardens prepared by experts must take some time to develop naturally.

There are some aids to assist you.

Water gardens are a joy, yet be prepared to spend some time and a few extra bucks.

Once you get the hang of it, you will never regret it.

I do have a couple of pages on water gardens, please visit them.

Water For Wildlife.

How to Build a Water Garden.

Just like your water garden becomes second nature.

Ask just about anyone that has a water garden and they wouldn't trade it in or give it up.

The best advice for anyone wanting a water garden is to read and prepare.

Understand and be patient.

Even gardens prepared by experts must take some time to develop naturally.

There are some aids to assist you.

Water gardens are a joy, yet be prepared to spend some time and a few extra bucks.

Once you get the hang of it, you will never regret it.

I do have a couple of pages on water gardens, please visit them.

”It’s when we start working together
that the real healing takes place.”

David Hume

I found the above quote to be appropriate right now.

Now from the word of God.

Pay close attention to these verses.

"Look at the Lord
He is your sustainer
Healer and Restorer".

Psalm 41:13

"For I know the plans I have for you,”
declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future".

Jeremiah 29:11

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.



A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson



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