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Gardening For Wildlife -Snippets
April 07, 2008

In my haste to get today's newsletter out, I neglected to mention a couple of things.

(bowing my head in shame)

First off, expect prices of certain bird seed to go up some in the next week or two if they haven't already.

Fuel prices and the commodity market is getting the best of the bird feeding industry.

Sunflower oil is used more in cooking and less is planted

Corn, you may have heard last week jumped off the scale.

Again, corn is being used for bio-fuel and reports indicate less will be grown this year.

Seed commodities work the same as it does for crude oil, pork futures, etc.

Stock up if you can.

Grow some if you can and for sure offer plantings that attract and feed birds.

In yard preparation, I neglected to mention mulch.

Mulch is very helpful in many ways, but keep it several inches from trees and shrubs. When mulch butts up to tree trunks and shrubs, it invites insects and fungus.

If you have ever seen that volcano look around trees, that is a HUGE NO, NO.

As the barks stays moist or wet, it can soften and even rot (it is called crown rot on trees). As you can imagine, weakened conditions are an open door for disease and insects.

If you live in a more northern climate where soil conditions are still cold or partially frozen, wait for the soil to warm up some.

Mulch keeps the soil cool much longer and plants will have a rough go for several additional weeks.

Thanks for your patience.

A blessed week to you.

Until next time my friend.

"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

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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