What an excellent question! If you are concerned with doing what you can to provide habitat to insects or pollinators or birds on your piece of earth--or even on your patio or balcony--you should just go ahead and do what you can. There are no purity tests--your garden doesn’t have to be one hundred percent … Continue reading How Do I Start My Habitat Garden Here in WNY?
Last winter we certified our garden as Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation. Therein, of course, is a story. In our process of learning how to lure birds to our garden (see Just a Garden) we came across a lot of information about different kinds of seeds and feeders and bird houses, about what … Continue reading On becoming Certified Wildlife Habitat
My intention, as I’ve said, is to create habitat in my garden, and native plants are essential to that intention. If the idea is to create habitat, you need to include plants that function as hosts for insects. If you really want butterflies, you need a place for caterpillars, and if you really want birds, … Continue reading What is a Nativar?
I have been shrinking my lawn for years. Documentary evidence (i.e. the snapshots I have been taking of the gardens every summer since I moved into my house) shows that my gardens grow and my lawn shrinks. I no longer have to accommodate children and their toys and balls, so the gardens grow some more. But, … Continue reading On Shrinking the Lawn
So, I’m taking stock of what I have in my garden, and learning that taking stock isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I naively thought I’d just have to go through my plants and check them against a list that someone--a horticulturalist, a botanist, an expert of some sort--created just for this … Continue reading Native Plants in My Garden: Taking Stock
I garden because I love it, because the smell of the soil brings me back to my childhood and my grandmother and a general sense of well-being. In the summer, I live in the garden--I drink my coffee, enjoy meals, read, write, work, watch, just breathe--all summer. I love other people’s gardens, so the genuinely … Continue reading Just a Garden
I’m an obsessive gardener and I am fortunate enough to live in Western New York, a region that has a lot of gardeners, more than our share, really. I moved to Buffalo for graduate school in 1997 and learned almost immediately that Buffalo gardens. We have a thriving, growing garden tourism industry which means we … Continue reading About Me