rabbits

Splurge on a gorgeous hanging basket or colorful container of flowers ... but keep it inside for a few more days.

Plan your vegetable garden ... but wait a little longer to actually plant it.

Have flowers and vegetables and surround yourself with the outdoors of your dreams ... but make a little space for the critters and insects and "weeds" that share it with you.

It's all about the finding the balance.

©Lisa Johnson

To kill, or not to kill?   That is the question—

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The deer and rabbits of outrageous hunger,

Or to take arms against them in defence of the garden,

And, by opposing, end them?

(with apologies to William Shakespeare)

If you need a bettter view of the birdfeeders, Tom Kasper says now is a fine time to do a little "structural pruning."

But speaking of wild things and feeding them, now is also a great time to wrap trees, bushes and plantings to keep them safe from rabbits and deer.

©Lisa Johnson

Many wild animal moms leave their babies alone for lengths of time human moms would never consider.

Unlike two-legged mothers who love to show off their kids, animal moms disappear so they don't draw attention from predators to their little ones.

It's just one of the many ways caring for baby animals seems counter-intuitive to humans, and mistakes on our part can have fatal consequences. Luckily for us, help is just a click - or a phone call away.

The annuals and vegetables are going into the ground - along with the haul from some recent local plant sales - and the game of wits between gardeners and deer and rabbits begins another season ...

Tom Kasper with advice on how to protect your trees, shrubs and other plantings from bands of hungry thugs.  This gang was photographed trolling the streets of Duluth's Woodland neighborhood.