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Organic Fertilizer

Organic Fertilizers

With inorganic, or synthetic, garden fertilizers so plentiful and inexpensive, it might make a gardener wonder if it’s really all that important to use organic products instead. After all, it’s all about what works right now and makes the garden beautiful, right? Well…yes and no. In organic gardening, the overall health of the soil and plants is the main concern, so while synthetic chemical fertilizers may do a job today, organic fertilizers ensure the health of the garden tomorrow.

  • Organic fertilizers work slowly. In order for organic fertilizers to work, the soil has to first break them down. This means that both the soil and the plants get the nutrition they need when they need it.
    • Synthetic fertilizers, although speedy, often overfeed the plant, do nothing for the soil, and can damage plants by burning them if over applied
  • Organic fertilizers improve the soil. Organic materials and fertilizers improve the soil texture, allowing it to hold water longer, and increase the bacterial and fungal activity in the soil. So, they not only assist your plants, they help the soil.
    • Synthetic fertilizers, on the other hand, deplete the soil of its nutrients, making it unproductive. Good luck growing those juicy tomatoes in unproductive soil!
  • Organic fertilizers are safe. Although you won’t want to eat or drink them, you can rest assured that organic fertilizers are safe for the environment, your family, and your pets.
    • Synthetic fertilizers require a significant amount of fossil fuels to produce and process and often runoff into nearby water sources like streams and lakes.
  • Organic fertilizers are easy to apply. Organics are just as easy to apply as their synthetic, non-organic counterparts. Adding them to soil or spraying them on leaves — however you use them, they add countless benefits to your garden while providing the same amount of convenience and ease as chemical fertilizers.

Here at Burns Feed Store we have a few options of organic fertilizers:

  • Down to Earth. This is an Oregon based company out of Eugene.
  • Dr. Earth: This is a nationally known company that makes premium organic fertilizers. We only have selection types from this company.

Hummingbirds

10 Facts About Hummingbirds

  1. They are the smallest migrating bird. They don’t migrate in flocks like other species, and they typically travel alone for up to 500 miles at a time.
  2. The name, hummingbird, comes from the humming noise their wings make as they beat so fast.
  3. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.
  4. Hummingbirds have no sense of smell. While they can’t sniff out feeders, they do have good color vision. Some birds like the Ruby-throated Hummingbird prefer orange or red flowers. Despite this, red dye should not be used in nectar as it could harm the birds. Instead, plant naturally red or orange flowers or use feeders that have red coloring in their structure.
  5. The average weight of a hummingbird is less than a nickel.
  6. Their tiny legs are only used for perching and moving sideways while perched. They can’t walk or hop.
  7. Hummingbirds drink the nectar found in feeders by moving their tongue in and out about 13 times per second. They can consume up to double their body weight in a day.
  8. The average number of eggs laid by female hummingbirds is only two. These eggs have been found in nests smaller than a half dollar and compare in size to a jellybean or a coffee bean. Some species, like the Black-chinned Hummingbird make their nests with plant down, spider silk, and other natural resources that can expand as their babies grow after hatching.
  9. A flock of hummingbirds can be referred to as a bouquet, a glittering, a hover, a shimmer, or a tune.
  10. There are over 330 species of hummingbirds in North and South America. Common species in the U.S. include:
  • Rufous Hummingbird – these birds are found along the western half of the U.S. ranging from Alaska all the way south to Mexico depending on the season and their migration. Their orange color can be spotted in flowers and at backyard feeders, but only for a short time as this bird is usually on the move.
  • Anna’s Hummingbird – typically found along the western coast of the U.S. These birds are easy to attract to backyards with nectar or by looking in spring blossoming trees and flowers.
  • Calliope Hummingbird – there are bright magenta feathers on this little bird. They can be found across the western half of the U.S. into both Canada and Mexico. This is the smallest known bird in the U.S. with a weight similar to a ping pong ball.
  • Broad-tailed Hummingbird – found in the high mountain meadow areas, they are known for rose-magenta throats on the males.
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird – these green and red birds are found across the eastern half of the U.S. and ranging from Canada to Mexico during migration. This species is attracted to hummingbird feeders or tubular flowers.
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – these small birds are known for their green, purple, and black colors. They often perch on bare branches as they travel along the western coast in the U.S. down to Mexico.

How to Safely Attract Hummingbirds

  1. Clean your hummingbird feeders regularly: remove and clean your feeder with 9 parts warm water to 1 part bleach outdoors once a week to ensure no mold or salmonella grow in the feeder. Hummingbirds are more likely to feed off fresh sugar water and a consistently clean feeder will ensure regular feedings!
  2. Add native plants near your hummingbird feeder: plants like honeysuckle or other bright tubular species will hold more nectar and naturally attract hummingbirds to your yard.
  3. Provide hummingbirds the best nutrition: hummingbirds love sweet formulas and will eat nectar and sugar water all season long

 

E-Z Haul Carts

The perfect balance of an E-Z Haul Cart will get the job done with less effort.

These carts are built to last! They are made with the most durable components to handle big loads, regardless of cart size.

The E-Z Haul Cart is available in three sizes with load ratings from 250 to 600 pounds.

Sizes available at Burns Feed Store are:
5 1/2Cu.Ft. Garden Cart
8Cu.Ft. Utility Cart
11 1/2Cu.Ft. Jumbo Cart

Since 1986, the E-Z Haul cart has been manufactured in the United States, to provide cost effective service for new products and replacement parts. We carry a full line of replacement parts if you need to spruce up your old cart!

E-Z Haul Carts are Affordable, Durable and Versatile!