Re: [gardeners] Thursday in the garden

David G Smith (
Fri, 31 Mar 2000 12:14:38 -0500

I don't mind the tangled mess, I just don't want it to take over.  It does
shade the vegetable garden some; it runs east-west about 10 feet south of
the garden.  For much of the day the sun's high enough that it doesn't
matter.  I don't want it taking any extra, though.  I've got coral
honeysuckle and trumpet vine planted at the base of the fence, and they do
need a little light.

We do see some birds in it.  I used to see cardinals regularly, but not
lately.  A few years ago it provided a habitat for groundhogs, but they (the
neighbors, not the groundhogs) got a big dog.  That was nice of them.  The
dog also keeps the squirrels out of my corn, I think.  They haven't figured
out the dog can't get across the fence.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Allen Merten" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2000 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: [gardeners] Thursday in the garden

> David,
>     Reading your message had me chuckling. One man's backyard habitat may
> another man's tangled mess. Have you asked your neighbor if they are
> to provide nesting sites and shelter for birds?
>     There are several national and local organizations dedicated to
> increasing urban and backyard habitats for birds to mitigate the habitat
> loss due to home building, parking lots etc.
>     Does this area shade your garden? If not maybe you could put some bird
> feeders/water source up on your side of the fence and be absolutely amazed
> at the variety of birds that you would be able to see during the changing
> seasons.
>     If the tangled mess is shading the only place you can put your garden,
> that is a real dilemma.
>     I wouldn't want to be without my garden. I also would be lost during
> winter if I wasn't able to play host to nearly 100 species of migratory
> birds.
>     I'm a "stay at home" because of physical disabilities. The winter
> be a long season of drudgery without the birds. Luckily, I don't have the
> pest birds like Starlings, English Sparrows, Pigeons and Grackles.
>     I am fortunate enough to have enough space to garden to my limitations
> and still provide habitat for birds year round. The nesting birds keep my
> tomatos free of Hornworms and help control other insects as well. I sure
> would like to have some birds whose favorite meal is grasshoppers/fire
> Those two pests do a lot of damage to all of my garden crops.
>     You certainly have the right to enjoy your property in the manner that
> pleases you best. I hope that you and your neighbor can work something out
> that let's both of you enjoy your properties and remain good neighbors.
>     Allen
>     Bastrop Co., SE Central Tx.
>     Wildscape #1071
>     Zone 8