Backyard Gardening

Tips and Information for your backyard garden that will help you and your family boost your sustainability.

Which Bird Feeder Should I Use in Winter?

Which Bird Feeder Should I Use for the Winter?

Winter brings its own complications to the realm of feeding birds. To overcome these issues, I’ve come up with a list of suggestions for specific bird feeders that might be a bit more winter-friendly.   The best bird feeders for winter are those made of metal or with a metal roof and possibly base, those that…

6 Myths About Birds in Winter

6 Myths About Birds in Winter – Let’s Get Real!

Every year I hear more and more people tell me what to do and what not to do when it comes to feeding birds during the winter.  The most common myths about birds in winter: Birds will freeze All birds fly south If you stop feeding birds, they will die Nut butter can kill birds…

Should you Feed Outdoor Birds in Winter?

Should You Feed Your Backyard Birds During Winter? (Answered)

You’ve seen them out there all puffed up like little colorful snowballs in the wintertime, looking for food and scraping by. But should you feed the birds that are hanging around your yard?  Because most birds need food during temperature extremes when their standard food supply is lacking or while on migration, it is helpful…

Can you have a hive in your Backyard?

Can You Have a Beehive in Your Backyard?

You know it’s a great thing to accomplish – making a home for bees, insects that are in danger all over the world due to climate changes, and the use of pesticides. Not only that, but if you have a garden or flowers of any kind, bees can help keep them pollinated and producing. But…

How to Introduce a Queen to Your Hive

How Should You Introduce a New Queen to Your Hive?

There are plenty of reasons for having to get a new queen for your beehive. The hive could be in decline because of an older queen, the queen may have died without a successor, or the queen may have swarmed and the successor wound up non-viable. So what to do?  Requeening is the act of…

How much for a Queen Bee?

How Much Does a Queen Bee Cost? (Answered)

Yes, I will tell you how much a Queen Bee costs. I know there are a lot of backyard apiarists in our region and if you’ve ever had the curiosity and wanted to help out with the bee population, maybe you should look into it.  A queen bee’s cost is directly influenced by the type…

Are Toads Harmful or Beneficial?

Are Toads Harmful or Beneficial to your Backyard? (Explained)

We’ve probably all heard them. Some of us have seen them. They come around every year as the weather becomes warm again, just like clockwork. What are they? Your friendly neighborhood toads.  Because toads are a natural form of pest control for insects, they are definitely beneficial to your backyard. Not only that, but their…

Best Materials for Raised Garden Beds

Best Materials to Build Raised Garden Beds (Helpful Guide)

The material you choose for your raised garden beds all depends on your budget and what materials you might have access to. In some cases, we just used what we have available, and that’s fine. But the question is, what are the best materials available for building your raised garden beds?  The best material for…

Do Raised Gardens Need to be Anchored

Do Raised Gardens Need to Be Anchored or Reinforced? (Answered)

I’ve done it. I admit it. I’ve made a raised garden box and then realized I forgot to put reinforcement materials in it or forgot to anchor it before I filled it up. I’m here to tell you, that’s not the end of the world. It just complicates things a little.  Adding soil can shift…

How much sunlight for raised bed gardens

How Much Sunlight is Best for Raised Bed Gardens?

Even though this answer is not as straightforward as you would imagine, I can give the standard answer and then explain things a little further.  If you plan on building a raised bed garden, you should find out what sunlight levels your yard has and place most of your beds where they will receive at…

Things to do with a raised garden in winter

Things to do With Raised Garden Beds in Winter (With Examples)

When it comes to prepping your garden or raised beds for winter, you might as well consider starting in the fall. It should be an ongoing cycle for you to manage your beds anyway, but when prepping for winter, there is a specific to-do list.  For fall and winter, make a record of where you…

How to Protect Raised Beds from Wind

How to Protect Raised Beds From Wind (Beginner’s Guide)

Where I live, the wind is a common thing. We are only 40 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean! I have never been the recipient of so much wind. We’ve generally lived in hilly areas or the piedmont areas of the country. So, with higher winds comes more regulations from the local governments, but also –…