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  1. #11
    Sapling
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    RE: Wildlife Garden

    Your list looks pretty well filled out, You could add some evergreen species if you have the room. Be sure to protect them the first few years with some 4 foot fence. The birds love them once they get established and will give the garden some life in the winter.

  2. #12

    Re: RE: Wildlife Garden

    Quote Originally Posted by sprucetree22
    Your list looks pretty well filled out, You could add some evergreen species if you have the room. Be sure to protect them the first few years with some 4 foot fence. The birds love them once they get established and will give the garden some life in the winter.
    The problem is that most of them were already established by the time I bought the house and are along the boarder. The Weeping Cherry is the only one I could see from my table, so I planted an Arrowwood Viburnum, a Gray Dogwood, and a Tuliptree near it. I want to turn that area into a little garden of my favorite trees, some hazelnut bushes, a bench, and maybe a water feature.
    I need advice on starting a wildlife garden I can enjoy from my kitchen:
    http://forums.arborday.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4432

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  3. #13

    RE: Wildlife Garden

    ADF has a self-pollinating plum tree you can purchase.

    http://www.arborday.org/Trees/TreeGu...tail.cfm?ID=85

    (I think the one below may be best for your area)

    http://www.arborday.org/Trees/TreeGu...tail.cfm?ID=87

    Not really a "rare" fruit, but less common than cherry and apple.

  4. #14

    Re: RE: Wildlife Garden

    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Tree_Fan
    ADF has a self-pollinating plum tree you can purchase.

    http://www.arborday.org/Trees/TreeGu...tail.cfm?ID=85

    (I think the one below may be best for your area)

    http://www.arborday.org/Trees/TreeGu...tail.cfm?ID=87

    Not really a "rare" fruit, but less common than cherry and apple.
    Fantastic idea, thank you! I will add a Plum, Methley (Prunus salicina) to my next order. I have never had a red plum like that before. How does it taste different than the blues/purples?
    I need advice on starting a wildlife garden I can enjoy from my kitchen:
    http://forums.arborday.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4432

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  5. #15
    Sapling
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    RE: Wildlife Garden

    Water features are a magnet for wildlife, If you can circulate the water the animals hear it and come running. Would be nice if it was solar powered, if not a G.F.I.C. would work and you could add a timer. A light would make it attractive at night. If you add fish you always could lose them to predators. No fish could mean tadpoles and dragonflys which eat skeeters. Ah the circle of life an amazing thing.

  6. #16

    Re: RE: Wildlife Garden

    Quote Originally Posted by sprucetree22
    Water features are a magnet for wildlife, If you can circulate the water the animals hear it and come running.
    That is the plan. I helped my dad make that growing up. I was sad when he sold the house, but he did it to buy a Class A motorhome.


    Quote Originally Posted by sprucetree22
    Would be nice if it was solar powered,
    While I can not afford to put solar cells on my home, at least not for a while, a lot of my projects are solar powered. I am working on four college majors right now:
    • Agricultural Biotechnology
      Electronic Engineering
      Machining
      Welding

    I always try to find discarded solar panels from things like broken calculators and recycle them into my class projects.


    Quote Originally Posted by sprucetree22
    if not a G.F.I.C. would work
    Do you mean GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter)?


    Quote Originally Posted by sprucetree22
    and you could add a timer.
    No need to run the lights all day.


    Quote Originally Posted by sprucetree22
    A light would make it attractive at night.
    I always have trouble picking lights. So many things to consider like watt consumption, type (incandescent, HID, LED, HPS, Hortilux, Metal Halide, etc . . . ), light output (Lumens), and I am not sure what else?

    I experiment with growing techniques including Hydroponics and Aeroponics. The hardest part for me is getting the light right. I have given them too little light and they got sick. I have given them too much light and burned them. I have given them not enough time under light and they not grow. I have given them too much time under light and they didn't go though their proper night cycle. I am not sure what it is called, but I know plants need some darkness just like we do.


    Quote Originally Posted by sprucetree22
    If you add fish you always could lose them to predators.
    My dad put a fence around his pond to keep cats out, and ran some reflective wire over the pond to keep out fish eating birds. Smaller seed eating birds could still get in for water. He never lost a Koi.


    Quote Originally Posted by sprucetree22
    No fish could mean tadpoles and dragonflys which eat skeeters.
    My dad had Koi over a foot long, including an albino one that was valued at over $400. He got it from his father's pond when it was not even an inch long. He had tadpoles and dragonflies every year.


    Quote Originally Posted by sprucetree22
    Ah the circle of life an amazing thing.
    Yes it is, and that's why I am investing so much time, work, and money into this project.
    I need advice on starting a wildlife garden I can enjoy from my kitchen:
    http://forums.arborday.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4432

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    Oak
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    RE: Wildlife Garden

    Don't want to bash on the host, but ADF trees are very tiny and I have had few of them survive in zone 5/6. The free red maples and forsythias have done the best! And one Washington Hawthorn has also survived. But almost all of the trees I bought from ADF died. I hope you have a
    better rate of success. I'd also suggest that you take a look at Musser Forests--they have slightly larger seedlings and also different varieties. www.musserforests.com

  8. #18
    Oak
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    RE: Wildlife Garden

    Also, if you're wanting a wildlife package, you might consider your Department of Natural Resources. Here in Indiana, our DNR nurseries offer woodland packages for reforestation and wildlife packages designed to attract and feed wild animals. Their seedlings are large, healthy, do very well because they are so close by and they are very cheap! But the packages include a LOT of trees--the wildlife package has something like 120 trees in it--ten seedlings each of twelve different varieties. That may be too much for your situation. Still, worth checking to see if North Carolina has anything similar.

  9. #19
    Oak
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    RE: Wildlife Garden

    The young Arbor Day trees are quite small and do require a bit of protection. Its one step neater though when you see them grow to maturity. My survival rate is probably 70% but that counts some Giant Sequoias which seem to catch a fungal thing here.

    By protection I mean I put small cages around them to keep the rabbits and my weed eater from eating the fellas.

    Small trees establish much quicker than their 5 gallon root bound counterparts from Lowes.

    They frequently cost $10 for $10 from the foundation.

    Some of the money goes to charity.

    The small bare rooters also will require less staking in place since the roots of ADF transplants are still proportional to the top of the tree UNLIKE potted or burlapped trees which just come with a big ol pivot point for you to deal with.
    Zone 6, St. Louis, MO

  10. #20

    Re: RE: Wildlife Garden

    Quote Originally Posted by Toronado3800
    The young Arbor Day trees are quite small and do require a bit of protection. Its one step neater though when you see them grow to maturity. My survival rate is probably 70% but that counts some Giant Sequoias which seem to catch a fungal thing here.
    I also have a good rate of success.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toronado3800
    By protection I mean I put small cages around them to keep the rabbits and my weed eater from eating the fellas.
    Yeah, deer are my main problem. Kind of ironic, but that's the one wildlife I don't want to attract.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toronado3800
    Some of the money goes to charity.
    This is the main reason I buy them here.


    Thanks Toronado.
    I need advice on starting a wildlife garden I can enjoy from my kitchen:
    http://forums.arborday.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4432

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