our garden is organic.  what goes into the soil is all organic, compost, alphalpha, peat, and organic fertilizers.  our soil is mostly clay and previous non organic additions, aka rubbish are still being removed after 35 years of gardening.  we have a compost pile at the back of the garden where we recycle yard and kitchen waste.  water is provided in birdbaths for three seasons.  and the raspberry bed and even the daylily beds provide a brush area where insects can reside.  fennel and wild carrot attract beneficial insects.  someone in the area keeps honey bees and they like to visit. and just down the street is our county metro parks.  all of these things combine so that we see quite a bit of nature wandering through.  toads, worms, beetles and all sorts of creatures are attracted to the compost pile throughout the year.  we occasionally see the large gardener snake.  lantana and butterfly weed attract the flutterbys.  all in all there is usually something to see besides the plants in the garden.

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  1. susansdailygarden

    Well, I haven’t even put this on my blog yet, but your post was so awesome I had to share. After years of passively searching for land up in northern MN and six months of actively searching, we’re closing this week on land 70 miles from Canada. Alas, we are not retired yet, but it is step one of our plan. After getting shelter secured for when we are there, my next order of business is to use some of the daylily (and hosta) seeds I harvested last year from our garden and see if they will grow up there. It is raw land, no chemicals used that we know of. I have already identified a clearing where the garden will start. Ha-haa. I’m being truthful. It will creep ☺ I plan to keep it organic. The trick will be to set up an aesthetically pleasing barrier so the plants don’t become snowshoe rabbit, deer, and moose tasty morsels. (Plenty of tracks in the snow have given us that info.)
    Any sources of info you can provide as reference are super welcome. I’m thinking initially chicken wire, and I will try coffee as well as a deterrent. I love to do experiments so any ideas are welcome ☺
    Love to see the beautiful pics you share every day. Dreaming of more experimenting and being able to share more and more.

      1. John Hric Post author

        I have seen a few pictures of bears visiting the birdfeeder. That sure brings a new level of challenge to composting. I wonder if something like electrified fence would work. It sure does complicate things.

    1. John Hric Post author

      That certainly raises the challenge to a new level. I would be checking three and four times before wandering out into the garden. It would make the morning stroll in the garden too exciting.


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