I had a great time at the Lafayette County Oxford Public Library today leading a workshop on Backyard Wildlife Habitats and getting your yard certified. It is my favorite workshop to lead. I really missed my teaching partner, Tracy DiPietro. When I lived in South Alabama, she and I would lead similar workshops for school children to supplement their science classes. Tracy and I are Master Environmental Educators and I am a Certified Junior Master Gardener Instructor.
I am available to help Oxford residents and schools with their gardens so feel free to contact me.
Today’s workshop was part of the Books and Lunch program at the public library. There were door prizes and lunch, made of vegetables from the library’s garden, was served to participants.
I will have another gardening workshop early in the fall. Topic TBD. Check the library’s website for upcoming summer workshops.
If you missed the workshop and want to know all about turning your Oxford yard into a backyard wildlife habitat read on. You’ll need 4 elements to make this habitat. These are:
1. A water source: pond, stream, lake, bird bath, fish pond are just a few ideas.
2. Cover: a place for animals to hide from predators: shrubs, trees, ground cover, a broken pot on its side for a toad to hide in, rock ledges overhanging a fish pond for the fish to hid under, etc.
3. A place to live: bird houses, butterfly hut, foliage for butterflies and other insects to lay their eggs on, trees for nesting.
4. A food source: hummingbird, squirrel, and bird feeders, foliage, flowers, etc.
Once you have these elements, add a place for you to sit and enjoy your yard. Then, head over to http://www.nwf.org and register your yard for a certificate and sign. The certificate will cost $20; signs are additional and optional but great to have on a post in your garden for all to see.
Eileen Saunders, Realtor~Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford, MS 38655~662-404-0816/662-234-5344. Equal Housing