Health Benefits Of Bird Houses In A Breast Cancer Healing Garden

Breast Cancer Garden Bird HousesBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

There are many benefits to attracting birds to your yard and garden and when you set up a bird house or two and a couple of bird feeders, you will attract some very welcome, feathered visitors. Adding variety to your breast cancer healing garden can make you more energized and positive, giving you more to look forward to. And of course, in terms of variety, birds offer a dizzying array of colors, calls and behaviors.

The Benefits of Bird Houses
  1. Try Bird-Watching For Relaxation You can improve your health, relax, and take your mind off everyday worries by being outside for a few extra minutes a day to watch the birds.
  2. Create A New Learning Experience Watching a bird build a nest in the bird house you just hung in the back yard affords a great deal of learning experience and a great way to get interested in nature and the outdoors. Keeping our minds active and healthy is essential for our overall sense of well-being.
  3. Take Time To Enjoy Nature This is a pleasure that costs so little and gives so much satisfaction. There are some bird houses that fit a tight budget and others that are more elegant. Some of the bird feeders are less costly than others.
  4. Lift Your Spirits It’s possible to do a lot of birding just by looking out the window, sooner or later birds will lure us outdoors. While this alone can lift your spirits, there really is a scientific tie between your mood and being outside. When we’re outdoors moving around and breathing fresh air, we tend to take deeper breaths. With more oxygen transported to all the cells of our bodies, including our brains, we become more alert, and our mood is likely to be elevated.
  5. Attracting Birds For Flower Pollination  There are many birds who love to sip nectar from flowers and help to pollinate. With the bee population diminishing, attracting birds who do this is sure to benefit your garden.
  6. Learn How To Practice Conservation Birds love native plants.  If you grow these and then attract birds to your yard with bird friendly birdhouses, you will find that your gardening chores will diminish.
  7. Enjoy Bird Songs Well for one, there are some very beautiful bird songs that can delight your ear, not to mention some very colorful birds to please the eye.
  8. Eliminate Need For Toxic Insecticides Another benefit is that birds will eat harmful insects that plague your garden and yard. Inviting birds into your yard by setting up a bird house eliminates the need for toxic insecticides and give you a healthier life style.
Choosing The Right Bird House

Choosing the right bird house is a matter of personal taste. If you attract them to your yard by having bird friendly bird houses, and adding fresh clean water to the yard, they will visit often and bring many benefits to your yard.

A bird house can easily fit your outdoor garden theme. If you don’t want to buy a bird house, then get out your DIY supplies. You don’t have to think small! Try a large bird house will be the focal point of any garden!

The come in all shapes and sizes, to match any outdoor decor.  Here are a few ideas to give you some inspiration.

Up-Cycle Bird House

This idea is too cute and in looking for instructions on how to make these I have seen so many different designs, that not one is the same! If you are looking for a cheap and simple way to make a bird house, give this recycled method a try.Recycled Bird House For Breast Cancer Healing GardenMosaic Bird Houses Tutorial

These colorful, flower-inspired mosaic birdhouses are attractive in all meanings of the word. The rainbow of hues attracts the eye and proves that flowers need not be the only way to add color to a garden. Their functional aspects provide nesting spots for a variety of colorful birds, which makes your yard even more attractive. Learn MoreMosaic Bird Houses For Breast Cancer Hraling Garden

Build A Bird House

This bird house uses twigs to create a cosy retreat for your little feathered friends. Learn How To Build This Cute Bird HouseLearn How To Build A Bird House For Breast Cancer Garden

Junk Store Bird House Tutorial

This Junk Store Birdhouse from the O’Neil Sisters is cheap garden decor you’ll be proud to show off!  This handmade bird house is made with various odds and ends, giving it a unique look and a whimsical feel.  Aren’t those little button flowers the cutest?  Learn How To Make Junk Store Bird HouseJunk Store Bird House Tutorial For Breast Cancer Healing Garden
Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Save The Bees & Have A Successful Garden

By providing pesticide-free safe havens with water, flowers and housing for bees, you collaborate with nature and play a small but vital role in reversing the dramatic pollinator declines that have occurred over the past few years. Here are a few tips we encourage you to try in your backyard.

House The Bees
Encouraging bees to visit your garden, this is a good idea for anyone who has fruit trees or berry bushes in their garden. Vegetable gardens with plants such as squash, tomatoes and peppers, need pollinators too. You can provide good nesting habitat by preserving a small brush pile, areas with dry reeds or grasses or deadwood.

Provide Water For Bees
Provide a water bowl with marbles, this is for the bees to drink from, the marbles slow the water evaporation and stop the Bees falling in and drowsing.

Feed The Bees
Single petal blossoms are best for bees. Flowers with double petals do not attract bees as well as single-petal blossoms. This is because most double blossoms offer less pollen and nectar than single blossoms. Often their extra set of petals has replaced pollen-laden anthers. Double blossoms also make it more difficult for bees to reach the inner flower parts.

We talk a lot about gardening in this blog to encourage you to help raise your spirits because of the amazing connection with Mother Earth. The rewards are no less with experiencing the beauty of Mother Earth’s creations. When the weather comes around so that we can witness the new growth of beautiful plants, trees and flowers blooming – We feel good!

 Sources:

Attracting Beneficial Bees at Gardener’s Supply Company

Take Care of The Bees at Echos & Bones WordPress blog

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Gardening – Sun Container Recipes

Succulents Can Be Brought In During The Winter And Brought Outside In Spring.

Succulents Can Be Brought In During The Winter And Brought Outside In Spring.

By: Ryan Vollmer Professional Gardener

For many years in the summer I would sit in bed at night fretting over all the things I had to do in the garden:  move the roses, not enough sun; pull the ivy off all the trees, refresh the driveway gravel….  The list was always long and my anxiety was always high.  I had to get everything done before the summer ended!

Leave it to me to turn gardening into a stressful experience!   Yet when I’m actually working in the garden, I’m always relaxed, focused, in the zone.  Nothing else makes me feel that way.   I keep hoping I’ll feel that way when I go to the gym, but I spend the entire time watching the clock and scowling over the perfect bodies on parade.  “I’ll never look like that…… It smells in here….  this hurts…”

When I’m gardening, I forget about everything, most importantly myself.  

Over the years I have tried to stop thinking about the garden as a giant “to do” list.  I’m not totally successful in purging these thoughts from my mind, but I’m not nearly as obsessed with “getting stuff done” as I used to be. The main reason:  the garden’s always changing.  I can’t control it.  It will never stay put.    Every summer there will be new things to do.  If it was finished, what would I do with myself?  How would I relax?  So I try to enjoy it and be in the moment.

 

Since the garden is always in flux, always changing, I’ve found a way to get some immediate gratification: container gardens.

I used to be obsessed with perennials.  Annuals meant impatiens, so boring.  Was I ever wrong.  There are so many amazing annuals.  I’m always discovering something new and wonderful.  Every summer I plant a number of containers because they look good immediately, I don’t have to worry about them and they are fun to create.   Through much trial and error I’ve learned how to put together sun and shade combinations that last through summer and fall.  A lot of annuals don’t last the whole summer, like petunias.  They look spectacular in May, but by August, they are leggy and funky, at least in zone 7.  But there are quite a few annuals that look spectacular and last until frost.  What follows are some recipes for containers that will give you months of color and no hassle.

Sun Container Plants

Mandavilla vine
Croton
Grasses
Dragon Wing Begonia
Vinca
Lantana
Succulents
Impatiens (all kinds)

   
Croton, Burgundy Grass, Pink Dragon Wing, Variegated Vinca

Croton, Burgundy Grass, Pink Dragon Wing, Variegated Vinca


Madavilla Vine and Double Impatiens

Madavilla Vine and Double Impatiens

Succulents Can Be Brought In During The Winter And Brought Outside In Spring.

Succulents Can Be Brought In During The Winter And Brought Outside In Spring.

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