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Fun Wildlife Projects for Kids

Go a little wild with the kids! Master Naturalist Meredith O’Reilly shows off fun outdoor projects for kids of all ages.  Get more projects and how to make them.  On tour, visit Helen Roberts’ wildlife haven for kids designed by Bridget Lane. Daphne answers Heidi Schaub’s question about spores on the back of her Japanese holly fern: evil or not?  Her Pick of the Week is Brazilian rock rose. Trisha shows how to freeze abundant garden fruits and vegetables.

Originally aired June 15th, 2013 (Rebroadcast July 6th, 2013)

Plant of the Week: Brazilian Rock Rose

brazilian rock rose

Tips of the Week

  • Avoid dead-heading flowers too soon, since many small birds rely on those seeds for food.
  • Provide water for the wildlife! Clean baths and refresh hummingbird feeders every few days. For hummingbird feeders: heat 1 part water to 4 parts water. Cool. Clean feeders and fill again. The sugar mixture can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator.
  • Put out a shallow bowl of water for toads.
  • Plant celosia, cosmos, cypress vine, portulaca, sunflowers, zinnias and Mexican tithonia. Water daily and lightly until they’re established.
  • Be sure to deeply water new perennials, shrubs and trees.

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Question of the Week

What’s this on the back of my holly ferns?

Featured Garden

Helen Roberts

Related Resources

Freezing and Drying Vegetables and Fruits

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