Karen Alley has been working with Carolina Gardener Magazine off and on for 10 years, but reading and writing about wonderful gardens doesn't automatically make you a gardening expert! While a passion for gardening has been a part of her personality since childhood, she will vehemently profess to not knowing much when it comes to the ins and outs of designing and creating beautiful landscapes, yet the desire is definitely there. This blog will follow Karen's adventures as she continues landscaping a relatively new landscape and starts a vegetable garden in a beautiful raised bed built by her husband.

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Fun with the Birds
by Karen Alley - posted 02/25/13

I am a person who loves the smell of a live Christmas tree. Even though there’s a part of me that cringes a little to think a tree was cut down just to sit in my living room for a few weeks, I reassure myself that the tree was planted for that very reason, another will be planted in its place, and I’m supporting a great industry of our state.

Nevertheless, it’s hard to throw it out when Christmas is over. This year, we haven’t even made it that far. The tree has been sitting out on our front porch since Christmas because we haven’t disposed of it any further. We don’t go out that way much so I don’t see the tree often, but the other day I happened to walk by it and it was still green and healthy. Pretty amazing, after almost  two months with no water. I decided it needed to have more of a life than just sitting, neglected, on the porch, so I came up with a great idea, to decorate it with birdfeeders and put it out in the front yard.

First of all, let me preface this by saying I am not crafty. I do not get on Pinterest and get ideas of things to make for my kids. Also, we live back in the woods, so it doesn’t really matter what I do in my front yard, there are no neighbors to offend. Obviously, since the tree has been on the porch since Christmas!


I got the kids to help me gather up some pinecones, and we made birdfeeders to hang on the tree. Just the simple project the kids do in preschool, rolling pinecones in peanut butter and then birdseed. I hung them up with red yard and put the tree in the middle of our front yard.



And I have to say, both the birds and I loved this project. They’ve been coming to dine on a regular basis, and I get a great view from the window of my office. It might become a new after-Christmas tradition!



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