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Birds in Your Backyard

Create a bird-friendly habitat with plants that invite birds to your garden. Here are some tips to entice birds right to your own backyard:

•    Food: Understanding a bird’s preferences will help you to determine which plants to grow. A seed-eating chickadee will seek out daisylike flowers. Hummingbirds are happy with nectar from bee balm. See more hummingbird plants.

•    Shelter: Offer protection and a cozy spot with plants that say, “Come on in!” Pine trees and junipers are popular with many birds. See our list of shrubs and trees that attract birds.

•    Nesting: Feather your nesting area with a few brush piles and untidy corners. Less lawn grass, more weeds—for example, thistles provide seeds and nesting materials for goldfinches.

•    Water: Birds enjoy a continual source of water for drinking and bathing, whether in a nearby pond, stream, fountain, or birdbath.

•    Don’t forget a feeder: When a bird’s natural plant food is waning, a well-placed feeder can catch a bird’s eye. See tips on feeders.

When it all comes together, your garden just may become a bird’s favorite place to be!
See full story on bird-friendly habitats.

Rose-Growing Time

•    Choose varieties proven in your climate.
•    Plant roses where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day.
•    Diligently water your roses. Soak the entire root zone at least twice a week in dry summer weather. Avoid frequent shallow sprinklings.
•    Feed your roses; they have big appetites. Once a month between April and July, apply a balanced granular fertilizer (5-10-5 or 5-10-10).
See our free Roses page for planting and growing information.

Did you know? We have a new Pests & Problems area on Click here for tips on insects, critters, diseases, and weeds.


The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure;
But the least motion which they made,
It seemed a thrill of pleasure. 

–William Wordsworth (1770–1850)



Choose the next weather cam!

We’ve had dozens of reader suggestions for new weather cam locations.

Vote for your favorite!

Weather Cam #1: Edisto Beach, SC
Weather Cam #2: Gateway Arch, MO
Weather Cam #3: Santa Catalina Mountains, AZ

Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize:

4 polo shirts—visit to see available styles, colors, and sizes

Earth Day Special Offer
Free Almanac Tote with Any Order—ONLY on Earth Day!

To help celebrate Earth Day (April 22), we’re giving away our Old Farmer’s Almanac Totes with any order—that’s a $9.95 value!

•    Tote bag made of durable, 100% recycled cotton
•    24-inch-long straps fit comfortably over your shoulder, making trips to the beach, library, and market that much easier and more enjoyable!
•    Machine washable; made in the USA
•    Tote measures 7.5 x 14 x 12 inches
•    Offer valid while supplies last!

This offer ONLY applies to orders placed on April 22 up through 9:30 P.M. ET and excludes digital and basket orders.

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