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GARDEN GATE: Episode 246 – Benefits of feeding the birds in the summer (July 29, 2022)

  Many people stop feeding the birds in the summer because they feel birds don’t need their help or that they’re worried the birds will become dependent on them. But this isn’t the case. Birds only take about 25% of their food from your backyard feeders. The rest of the time they’re out foraging and … Read more

Those epaulets! On Red-winged Blackbirds…

Even many non-birders are familiar with Red-winged Blackbirds. They breed in wet areas including cattail marshes and roadside ditches, and, as their name indicates, they’re black with red (and yellow) epaulets on their shoulders. Their song is a loud “o-kra-lee!” We’re hearing from you that there seems to be more red-wings around this year than … Read more

GARDEN GATE: Episode 245 – Keeping the kids happy this summer (July 15, 2022) With summer vacation in full swing, you may need something to occupy the kids. We have a wide variety of items including Canadian made puppets, Soap stone carving kits, bird books and puzzles. We also have a number of books including some from local authors. You can find most of these items on our … Read more

GARDEN GATE: Episode 244 – Furniture & Decor for your garden patio (July 5, 2022)

It’s finally summer and the perfect time to enjoy our outdoor spaces with friends and family. We have lots of awesome decor to help make your space enjoyable. Our Solair chairs are perfect for the garden, deck or even at the trailer! Lots of fun colours, easy to clean, super comfortable, UV stable and sturdy. … Read more

Garden Tips: Birds need water, too

Birds need water for drinking and bathing, and the heat of summer is a good time to get your bird baths out. Drinking Birds don’t need to drink as much water as mammals do, because they don’t have sweat glands. They lose water through breathing and their poop. Most songbirds feed on insects and get … Read more

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