Why gloves are your best friend when working with Trifoliate Orange.

Tools help a gardener succeed. Most of us don’t treat our tools with respect. I often leave them out on the patio. They rust. I rarely sharpen or oil them. I am not the Martha Stewart of tool maintainance.

I don’t like wearing gloves because I get a better feel of what I am doing with my hands. Unfortunately, I forget that I should use them with plants that have thorns or sharp leaves.

I was reminded of this when I was removing Carolina Jasmine from a Trifoliate Orange the other day. Several large thorns pierced my hands several times while I was trying to untangle and remove the vines. It drew plenty of blood!

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Its also time to begin feeding the birds again. The migratory birds will be passing through all Fall. Its a great time for birdwatching these rare visitors. I placed several Niger Seed feeders around the yard. You can purchase sock feeders filled with this small black seed that birds love. I also have wire feeders that I keep filled with black sunflower seeds all year. Northern Cardinals love them!

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Small birds love the Niger seed and will flock to these socks. They usually empty them with in a few days. They are inexpensive and easy to use. 

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The small seed is more expensive than other seed and dries out quickly so only purchase what you will use or the amount the birds will eat within a week. Once it dries out most birds will not eat it.

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2 responses to “Why gloves are your best friend when working with Trifoliate Orange.

  1. that is one big thorn! i have the same problem with not wanting to wear gloves…plus i leave mine outside, and i’m always worried spiders have moved in…

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