Touch of Nature News – 05/15/05 – The Herbs Place

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A Touch Of Nature
May 15, 2005 Issue

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What’s Happening Here at Bluebird Cove

Our most exciting visitors since last issue has been the Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks. We had them in AL, but in the almost 5 years we’ve been here, we’ve never seen them. They are so gorgeous with that bleeding red heart on their breasts. What an awesome bird. Here’s the only shot I could get of them through the window: Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks at Bluebird Cove

Here’s a link to more information about them. You can even listen to their song:  Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

Randal was gone a week to visit his parents in Oklahoma and I did Spring Cleaning! I actually enjoy it – especially the results. My surprise for him was that I reorganized the garage. That was my fun for Mother’s Day, along with plenty of outdoor time listening to the pond waterfall and birds singing away. It was a gorgeous day here in Central Virginia.

I am delighting in the grand weather and seeing all the little plants coming up from the seeds I sowed, besides the perennials returning from last year. I must say that the Butterfly Bench continues to be a highlight of the garden. Thank you so much for all the comments made about it on the photo album site. I forwarded them to the guy that made it for us so I know you absolutely made his day!

If you didn’t get to see this grand centerpiece for Bluebird Cove, take a look at our Steel Butterfly Bench for Bluebird Cove made and given to us by Charlie and Louise Allred.

Springtime Hugs and Blessings!

Nature’s News

If You Find Baby Rabbits

Cottontail rabbits nest from March through September and may have as many as four litters per year. The average litter contains four to five babies. Young rabbits disperse from the nest at 15-20 days old. By three weeks of age, they are on their own in the wild and no longer require a mother’s care. If you find a baby rabbit:

Is the rabbit injured (bleeding, broken bones, puncture wounds, been in a cat’s mouth, open wounds, etc.)?

If YES, take the rabbit to your nearest wildlife veterinarian or rehabilitator.

If NO, see below.

Is the rabbit fully furred with its eyes opened?

If YES, if the rabbit is larger than a baseball and weighs more than 4 ounces or 100 grams, it is on its own and does not need human intervention.

If NO, attempt to locate the nest (a shallow depression on the ground possibly lined with rabbit fur and/or grass, cottontail rabbits do not burrow) and put the rabbit back. Nests that must be moved (due to construction) may be relocated up to 20 feet away from the original site (scoop up and rebuild the nest with the mother’s fur and place the babies inside). Check back briefly once a day for two days. If the rabbits appear to be plump and healthy, leave them alone. Mother rabbits feed at dusk and dawn. You are not likely to ever see the mother. If the rabbits appear thin and weak, have wrinkled, baggy skin, contact a state licensed small mammal rehabilitator in your area immediately. Rabbits may be temporarily moved for mowing if they are returned to the nest before dusk. Do not attempt to mow within 10 feet of a rabbit’s nest if there are babies present. If you suspect the nest is abandoned, you can sprinkle the area with flour or cross two twigs over the nest and check back in 24 hours. If there is no sign of disturbance to the nest, you will then need to intervene.

Information Provided By The Wildlife Center of Virginia

Those Amazing Birds!

Attracting Bluebirds and Hummingbirds

The key to attracting wildlife to your property is variety in plantings. No matter how small your area, you can increase the likelihood of attracting birds and other animals by growing plants that will provide both food and shelter.

Native plants are preferred over introduced species as they are usually more robust and require less care. A water source is essential, be it a simple saucer, a concrete birdbath or an elaborate pond. The site has a list of plantings used for these two birds. – DEAD LINK REMOVED –

Nature’s Bounty For Us

Essential Oil Recipes and More – New Free Newsletter!

Emailed twice a month with an essential oils tip, recipe, Q&A, and more. As a subscriber you will be able to submit questions to the editor. Q&A will be placed in each issue. Enjoy the fun of using essential oils around your home and as part of your healthy lifestyle. Aromas add zest to life!

Natural Solutions by Health Topic

Do you need to build better health and wellness? Herbs have been used by people around the world for thousands of years. Get information about a health topic you would like to know more about.

Gardening For Wildlife – Restoring the Balance

Caring For The Environment

Unlike the inert materials in chemical fertilizers which are little use to your soil, all-natural fertilizers, after you apply them, are decomposed by microbes and enrich your soil with natural humus. The humus acts as a sponge, holding nutrients and moisture at the ready until plants need them.

Chemical products, on the other hand, tend to "force-feed" your plants. Nutrients that aren’t quickly used can leach out of the soil and into the water supply polluting streams and wells.

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"Green" Info – Making It a Way of Life!

Putting Your Money to Good Use While Shopping
A Greater Gift – Hope and Justice With Every Purchase

Enrich your life with beautiful handcrafted items and change the world at the same time. Purchase a gift or something personal from A Greater Gift and you will provide income, dignity, and hope to people in developing regions of the world.

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This environmentally-friendly cleaning and washing concentrate is nothing less than wonderful. We’ve used it for 15 years for laundry, hand soap, pet baths, soaking produce, dishwasher, cleaning, and a multitude of other uses. This product has saved us money and health. No more "itch" of chemical soaps.

Muse On Nature

But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you, Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind." Job 12: 7-10

Greening – Making a Difference!

Check List for a Green Community

We probably all dream of living in a community that strives for environmental, economic, and social sustainability. The EPA can help your community transform that dream to reality.

For more information about helping green your community as well as a tool kit for analysis and action, visit the Green Communities page of the EPA website.

Pets Are Nature At Home

Pet Supplement Catalog by Health Topic

Pet Success Stories Using Nature’s Remedies

Free Natural Pet Email Newsletter

Healthy Pet Corner for Birds, Cats, Dogs, Horses, Rabbits & Reptiles

The Frugal Life – Living Well With What You Already Have

Living more simply is a great way to effect change in your own personal environment. It helps the planet also. The Frugal Life website has lots of ideas on getting back to basics. They also have a free newsletter emailed twice a month.

Written to encourage families wanting to stretch their dollars, it includes articles or tidbits on topics such as: finance, decorating, gardening, and household tips from subscribers and questions from the website forum.

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© 2005 Donna L. Watkins

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