Dear Jeni and Mary,
|A nice sunset in May.|
|Garden on May 2nd 2014.|
|A female Baltimore Oriole with some of Alice M. Johnson's fur.|
I also keep a stash of milkweed silk and cat fur for nesting material. It is very popular. This year I added a package of nesting cotton bought from Fleet farm on the recommendation of birder and photographer Sharon Watson.
|Could be an Eastern Wood-Pewee or a Least Flycatcher.|
The tail is notched so I am leaning towards the Pewee.
She took the nesting cotton.
My plan this spring was to add two more raised beds. It was hard to decide where as the west side of the garden does get afternoon shade from the huge boxelder tree. So only one bed is on the west side and it is hopefully far enough north to stop it being shaded too much.
|The raised beds in place with mounds of dirt beside them. |
Taken late one evening.
|Starting to put the dirt in the east bed. |
We strain it through hardware cloth to remove the quack grass.
|The east bed is finished and we are ready to work on the west one. |
We finished up both beds on the same day. Whew!