Thinking about starting a garden and not sure what you want to plant? Or maybe you want to make your home more eco-friendly and increase its resale value. Or maybe you’re like me: life and work are just too stressful, you need some kind of relaxing activity and a place to go to recharge yourself and feel closer to the earth. Then you should create a butterfly garden.
Butterfly gardens aren’t complicated, or at least not any more so than any other garden. They provide habitats for many different animals, not just butterflies. And they provide year-round entertainment and enjoyment for the whole family, including great learning and growing experiences for children of all ages.
Finding the perfect spot
The first step to creating a butterfly garden is deciding where you want to put it. Find an area around your yard that receives plenty of sunlight and can be separated from overexcited and/or digging pets. The area should be easy to access by people and watering hoses. Common excuses to get out of making a butterfly garden include “I live in an apartment” or “I don’t have the room.” Many plants do very well, or can be adapted to do well, in pots. If you have a windowsill or two, you have room for a butterfly garden. Make sure to call your local line-finder to mark any power/telephone/cables lines so you don’t accidentally cut them while planting (I swear the stupid thing looked like a root, it had branches and stuff! Why didn’t he say something before I cut it???).
This is part one in a five part series on creating your very own Butterfly Garden!
This awesome blog series is being guest posted by my sister-in-law (and family Herbologist) Brandie!
Brandie can be found (along with her tech-geek husband) on their website KBDixon.com.