This summer I upped my gardening game by delving into designing themed flowerbeds. First on my list was to create a beautiful space that would attract pollinators, especially Monarch butterflies, to my home garden. It’s quite amazing how vital bees, butterflies and other pollinators are to the viability of the human food supply. Without these little creatures, we would not enjoy the abundance of food we too often take for granted every day. With a little effort, I was able to turn my backyard into a sanctuary of plants that support the existence of native pollinator species.
If you want to create an outdoor space that’s beautiful, peaceful and relaxing a small home butterfly garden may be for you. Butterfly gardens are designed to attract butterflies and other pollinators to a specific area where they can find food and water, as well as, and locate a safe place to lay eggs. Plus, if you’re like me and love to take pictures of your garden – you’ll have lots of opportunities to capture some amazing shots of beautiful pollinators that stop by!
Fortunately, designing a sanctuary where you want to hang out, in addition to providing a habitat where native butterflies can pollinate and populate can be created in a few simple steps.
There is always something to do in the garden. On any given day, there’s plenty to keep me busy. Weeding, watering, deadheading, and harvesting is in a gardener’s job description. And oh, let’s not forget the job of pest patrol – especially if you are an organic gardener, which can mean picking off bugs, slugs and worms by hand.
But there is also a slowness about gardening. And that’s the space I try to settle into every day, if only for ten minutes, despite the many tasks that beg for my attention.
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