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Vegetable Garden

Garden Four: The Suburban Garden

The Gosling Wildlife Gardens
Dividing the Suburban Garden from the Native Plants Garden is a corridor of hawthorn which is representative of an old farm fencerow. These trees supply nectar and pollen for insects and fruit and nest sites for many birds. The house location is at the south end of this garden, to your right.

The Suburban Garden represents the wildlife landscaping that can be carried out in a large area that was once a field and is still bordered by an agricultural area. This garden contains a woodland restoration area (on your left) to return trees and woodland wildflowers. A stone pile creates habitat for garter snakes, spiders, and many insects. Vines growing on the wire fence include bittersweet, Virginia creeper, wild grape, and wild cucumber. These vines will give cover for nesting brown thrashers, catbirds, and cardinals and food for other songbirds and small mammals.

A small vegetable garden shows that food for humans can be grown in a wildlife garden. By providing other plants for food sources and using fencing, rabbits, groundhogs and deer can still visit the gardens and not eat one's vegetables.

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