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Create Your Own Bird House

It's great to hear the birds chirping in the morning making it sweeter and brighter but how can you get them near you? Yes, create your own bird house and lure them in there so that every morning will be sweetened with your birds singing.

You need to create a comfortable place for birds not only to attract them in there but also to keep them coming inside.

Like building any type of house try to make a plan of what you are going to do. Take a piece of paper and draw the bird house, then calculate how much wood and nails you will need and what shapes are you going to use.

After you're done that is time to buy the materials; choose some hard wood if you want the house to resist weather for many years, also buy some paint, nails and glue. Make sure you paint the wood well. Rain might damage the birdie's place.

Make sure, when you build the house, to leave a lot of free space inside so that you can place branches for the birds, water and food dishes and different toys; also space is very important if you don't want your birdies to fight over it.

Don't use improvised dishes from metal because they can harm the birds and they can also poison them; try to buy some special feeders or dishes where you can place the food and water with no problems.

To prevent water from staying in the bird house make some little holes at the base to get rid of any rainwater that might get inside; this also keeps fresh air inside. Make sure that you place the bird house a little higher because you might have a surprise and see your cat very happy one morning hiccupping because of the feathers; this also prevents any other animals, like mice or dogs, to mess with the birds and scare them away.

Place only bird food inside the house and only if this is a must, otherwise my advice is to place the bird food in another part of your yard because it can attract a lot of insects inside the house. A good option is to make a place near the house where you put the bird food.

When you paint the house make sure you don't even touch the inside of it because paint may be dangerous for the birds; they tend to chew a lot of things and painted wood might not be a good option. Limit yourself and only paint the outside of the house; also try to avoid any chemically treated wood.

After you build the house you will feel excellent, not only because you manufactured something but also because you helped some poor creatures by giving them shelter and food.


Outdoor Flower Planters

When decorating your porch or patio, it is nice to add a bit of life and color by adding some beautiful flowers. Many people like to grow large flower bushes in their garden, but often these flower bushes simply require far too much maintenance and constant care to keep them alive, especially in dry or hot climates.

Using outdoor flower planters is the best way to ensure that your flowers grow healthy and strong, but with only half the effort that keeping a flower garden alive requires. Outdoor planters come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors and you may find that using these flower planters is one of the best ways to add some life and spice to your patio.

A huge advantage of using outdoor planters for growing your plants is the fact that they are portable. If you decide to move houses, you can't simply uproot your bushes and transport them with you. However, these planters are easy to move and easy to take with you. You can even move the flower planters from one side of the house to the other to provide the plant with more sun, shade, heat, or cool.

Rather than struggling to keep your poor flower bush alive during the winter time, using outdoor flower planters can actually be a great way to ensure that you always have colorful flowers growing around your house. You can easily water a few planters, and the flowers that grow in planters require a good deal less water than your flower bushes would.

One thing to remember when considering using outdoor planters is that you are responsible for nourishing the plant. Instead of your flowers being able to absorb nutrients and water from the soil around them, they are limited to only absorbing what you put into their soil. It is vital that you take the time daily to water and feed the plants to ensure that they grow healthy and colorful.

Some outdoor flower planters can be a great way to add a rustic touch to your patio's decor, such as clay or porcelain flower planters. These beautiful planters can come in a rustic Roman style, Mexican style clay pots, Chinese style porcelain planters, or pretty much any other design that you can find to help you complement your patio's decor. These are usually fairly solid outdoor planters, and they are able to withstand the elements easily.

Plastic planters are usually inexpensive and easy to use, and you can add to your porch's minimalistic decor by using plastic planters. Plastic planters are not as sturdy as clay or ceramic planters, but they are much lighter and easier to move around.

Make sure that you buy the right plants to grow inside each outdoor planter. Some plants simply will not have enough room in which to expand their roots and grow properly, and you may find that only stunted plants will grow in your flower planters. However, a good many plants and flowers are easily able to grow large and beautiful in your outdoor planters, and you will see that these planters can be a great way to add some life to your porch or patio.


Gardening Know How Magazine

There are many gardening magazines out there some offering free items to get you to buy them, some offering informative articles within, but which are the best magazines.

COUNTRY GARDENS often showcases the more unusual gardens around the country. It introduces wonderful new ways to enjoy garden sights and scents. It helps the avid gardener to create an eye-pleasing, fragrance - filled country garden.

This magazine has very useful advice on setting up and caring for your garden. Every issue contains profiles of fascinating people and their gardens, inspiration for gardens and detailed garden plans. Best of all, it's a trusted source of information that's easy to understand. Every season carries a vast harvest of ideas to delight, motivate and guide any gardener.

How about a gardening magazine for those who want to become a better gardener? FINE GARDENING MAGAZINE from The Taunton Press brings you amazing design ideas, beneficial techniques, and the know-how to get the best results from your gardening endeavors.

In each issue you'll find eye-opening bits of advice from the experts, detailed information on all types of plants, effective techniques and time-saving tips, straightforward tool reviews from editors and readers and planting suggestions for specific regions.

But for more intensive information on how to maintain a garden packed with style and color, then you'll want to read GARDEN DESIGN. This gardening magazine brings out eye-popping photos, illustrations and useful recommendations on how to create a picture-perfect garden. It is written and designed for those who are passionate about their homes and gardens. Garden Design is more than just a dig-in-the-dirt gardening magazine; it's for people who enjoy bringing in more aesthetic value for their homes through their gardens.

Garden Design encourages you to create stylish outdoor living spaces and rare gardens through cultivating rare breeds of plants, with updates on the best tools and techniques. It contains magnificent photographs and articles that capture the imaginations of gardeners everywhere.

For passionate gardeners, HOLTICULTURE MAGAZINE is the ultimate guide to gardening. The authoritative voice of gardeners, Horticulture serves as an essential guide and trusted friend, and is a main resource for serious gardeners from every corner of the country.

These magazines aim to instruct, inform, and inspire serious home gardeners. There are gardening magazines for beginners and expert gardeners. Discover or develop your green thumb with their latest gardening techniques and garden design information.

For Australian readers, there is BURKE'S BACKYARD. Springing form a TV series of the same name, Burke's Backyard focuses on gardening decor as well as the all-important garden makeovers that have become so popular.

YOUR GARDEN is another beauty, claiming the prestige of being Australia's gardening magazine, it usually features two or three popular flowers and how best to grow them, with a wealth of tips and information on other plants, tools and products for the garden.

GARDENING AUSTRALIA springs from the ABC's feature of that name it features many wonderful articles by gardening experts and often holds a free catalogue from one of the larger nurseries


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