GROWING TOGETHER THROUGH GARDENING -McMinnville Garden Club
January 2009 Calendar
Social time: 9:30a.m.-Business
“Beginning Bonsai” presented by Elizabeth Estacio.
DON’T FORGET TO PARK IN THE CHURCH
“The Making a Difference Campaign” is a national garden club project. The Pioneer District is collecting inkjet, laser printer cartridges and cell phones that will be recycled. If you have any that you wish to contribute to the project please bring them to a meeting and we will forward them to the Pioneer District.
Wear comfortable shoes, bring your lunch or buy it there. This is the show to rev up the plant lust in all of us at the Portland Convention Center. We’ll leave Bethel Baptist parking lot sharp.
BIG THANKS TO:
Thank you to each member for your faithfulness in attending meetings and interest groups…so ready or not…welcome 2009!
Congratulations to the New 2009 Yamhill County Master Gardeners’ Association Board President: Cathy Burdett
Backyard Habitats Marilyn Coats
WINTER TIME BIRDS
The only good thing about all this snow is watching the birds. My husband has cleared a path to our birdfeeders several times as I don’t want the birds to go without food. It is so much harder for them to find food with everything covered in snow.
The first ones I notice when it gets colder are the juncos. They are usually scavenging around the ground. Chickadees are cute, funny little birds. They take a seed from the feeder, fly off to a tree to eat it, then come for another seed, and fly to a tree. The nuthatches do the same going back and forth. I’ve seen different sparrows such as chipping, white crowned, golden crowned. Also there are the house finches, pine siskins, and lesser goldfinches (pretty yellow) along with towhees. And, of course, our resident blue jays with their peanuts. There are even more birds that come to just get a drink from our waterfall (which didn’t completely freeze). Patty sent an email to everyone with pictures of many of the birds.
My husband, Garry, made a good size platform feeder that is working out so much better than what we had before. The bottom screen comes out and it is so much easier to clean. The birds seem to enjoy it. Even the juncos hop up there for their seed.
Even though I bought the hulled millet (a little more expensive but worth not having all those growies coming up), the winter birds are not as enthused. I bought the smaller hulled sunflower seeds and some half peanuts, mixed them together—that seems to be disappearing quite rapidly and there is nothing on the ground!
Surprisingly, I have even had two hummingbirds that are enjoying the hummingbird feeder. I didn’t have much luck during the summer, so I put it away for the winter. After it turned cold, I noticed a hummer on my rosemary plant and decided to try it again. I’m glad I did as the two have been coming to the feeder often. When it got really cold, I placed the feeder in the house at night and then returned it in the morning. That way I had no problem with it freezing.
I try to keep the feeders filled (and cleaned) as the birds are my fun entertainment. Even my husband has started to pay attention to them!
Pioneer District Newsletter
State web site
Garden Time’s Online Blog: with videos on Winter Tool Care and Winter Tree Care
How to Keep Your Garden: January
Backyard Gardener’s list of Catalogs and Magazines