Remember our little nest in my secret garden in the back? I had thought the nest was abandoned but quite the contrary--each day a new egg appeared until there were five white and brown speckled eggs and a mother bird happily keeping them warm.
It's kind of a nice set-up, the back side of the playhouse faces the little hidden garden and there's a window overlooking the nest so the kids run to the playhouse to look out the back window whenever they want to see a bird update without upsetting the gestation.
We'll keep you posted.
But in honor of our little squatters I'm sharing some of my favorite gardening tips.
1. Garden Bed Weed Control
If you want to keep your weeds in check the best way is to cut strips of newspapers. Once you've planted your flowers wet the strips of newspaper and layer them around the plants then top with your mulch. No weeds will get through that stuff plus it has the added benefit of keeping in moisture in the soil.
2. Cheap and Gorgeous Fences
If you want a natural looking border to your garden my favorite way is to cut willow branches and bend them into a low running fence. See my post on the willow borders for more details and a picture.
3. Eco-friendly weedkiller
For a quick, cheap and environmentally happy weed killer pour boiling water on your weeds. It will boil them to death but if you're squeamish about your weeds' pain threshold you can pour lemon juice on them instead. They'll shrivel in a few days.
4. Slug Control
And lastly, here's a tip I haven't yet tried but would be curious if anyone else has had experience with it. I have slug issues in a couple of my beds and I've read that if you want to control the little beasties you can bury a small jar full of beer up to the rim in your garden. The slugs will be lured in for a drink but won't be able to get out.
Is this really true? Are all slugs inebriates? Is there something else that works as well as beer? I must know!
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