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Garden Gate: Episode 209 – Plants to attract birds to your garden

Often times our customers will wonder why they aren’t getting birds to their feeders. On this episode I show you some different trees, shrubs and perennials that you can add to your garden to attract a wider variety of birds. Birds are not attracted to yards with only grass. They find food in trees, shrubs […]

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Garden Tips: Landscaping for birds

The two most recent Garden Gate episodes were filmed in my backyard. The first is about setting up a squirrel-proof bird feeding station. It aired recently and is now on the Avant-Garden Shop’s YouTube channel. The second is about including trees and shrubs in your landscaping plans to attract birds and provide shelter. It may […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 208 – Building a squirrel proof bird feeding station (Jan 29, 2020)

Setting up a squirrel proof bird feeding station can be done! You just need to be smarter than the squirrels! And I think you are! Squirrels can climb poles, clothes lines, shepherds hooks and they can jump up 4-5′. Squirrels can also launch themselves 10-12′ from deck rails, gazebos, your roof, trees, clothes lines etc. […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 207 – Photography tips (Jan 15, 2021)

It’s fun to watch the birds but it’s also great to be able to photograph them to share with friends and family. Cell phones are ok, but having a good camera with an additional zoom lens makes your pictures even more interesting. My go to camera shop is Peterborough Photo in downtown Peterborough. The staff […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 206 – Feeding birds in the winter (Jan. 1st, 2021)

Hulled peanuts, hulled sunflower seeds, suet are the perfect food to offer at this time of year. Whether you spread a bit of suet on some tree bark or offer it in a feeder, there are all kinds of options! Check out this episode for more information. Thank you to Tanya Jones for the use […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 205 – McIntosh mugs (Dec. 18th, 2020)

We’ve carried this line of tea cups and coffee mugs for many years. They are very popular gifts that are beautifully packaged. Tall grande mugs are available singly, other tea cups in sets of two and also sets of four. Many designs include our Canadian artists from The Group of Seven. Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris, […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 204 – Christmas gift ideas (Dec. 4, 2020)

We have so many beautiful gifts in the shop it’s hard to narrow it down to 2 minutes! Beautiful hand made ornaments, tea cups and mugs. Aprons, oven mitts. Pewter from Nova Scotia. We carry a lot of Canadian made items and also support many Canadian and local artists. Always worth a trip to the […]

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Garden Gate: Episode 203-Puzzles, Puzzles and more Puzzles! (Nov. 20, 2020)

This crazy year had brought us all back to the basics. Including puzzles!  We’ve been challenged to find unique beautiful quality puzzles. And we think we have some very nice ones! Currently we have 4 lines of puzzles. Pomegranate, Galison, Algonquin and the most recent addition from Indigenous collection. Get through those long winter nights […]

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Why aren’t the birds using my new feeder?

New feeders, pole systems, and baffles to keep squirrels away? Check! New, fresh, high-quality bird seed? Check! Binoculars, identification guide, and excited anticipation about all the birds you’re going to see? Check! Birds? … insert cricket sounds here … So what’s up with that? There are plenty of reasons why there aren’t any birds coming […]

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Ever heard of a Pine Grosbeak or a Bohemian Waxwing?

Last month’s blog post talked about the arrival this winter of Evening Grosbeaks. Another grosbeak, the Pine Grosbeak, is also showing up, which is exciting, because these large, beautiful finches rarely come this far south. If I recall, the only time I’ve ever seen Pine Grosbeaks was in the Hudson Bay Lowlands during the breeding […]

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