Bird Nest Material Basket

Bird Nest Material Basket

When I was a child, we threw bits of leftover yarn onto the lawn for the birds. In a few weeks, the yarn was gone. There are other ways of sharing nesting material with the birds. If you are concerned that cats might attack the birds while they are collecting your offerings or adults see throwing string on the grass as a mess, you can gather your collection of string, yarn, wool or ribbons in a pot (as seen in the photo above). Be sure that the items that you offer the birds are biodegardable. That means all of the items are natural and turn into soil over time. It would be sad to have baby birds choking on plastic that it found in it's nest.

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Oregon Grape: Gentle Protector

Oregon Grape: Gentle Protector

Berberis (or Mahonia) aquafolium (B. repens or nervosa species also used), a.k.a.¬†Oregon Mountain Grape, Holly-leaved Barberry Oregon grape earned its name from pioneers who harvested the plant along the Oregon trail. These hardy travelers used this herb as both medicine…

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How To Make A Glycerite: DIY Medicine

How to Make a Glycerite: DIY Medicine

Herbal glycerites are a sweet tasting way to extract herbal constituents. For adults who cannot tolerate alcohol, glycerites are a welcome break from teas or syrups. For parents, glycerites are a crafty way to administer potent but unpalatable medicine to fussy children. For people with an upset stomach, a glycerite is welcomed over a tincture any day.

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