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Enticing butterflies to your garden

18 Sep 2018

To entice butterflies to your garden, design the perfect habitat to keep them happy.

Butterfly gardens are simple to plant. You'll need an open space with tons of sunshine and a location that is not too windy. Choose a spot with a few rocks where the butterflies can bask in the afternoon sun and hedges and shrubs to shield them from the wind.

Butterflies relish mud puddles where they can drink the water and soak up minerals. A patch of moist soil will do the trick.

Flowers with nectar are essential for a butterfly garden. Select plants that will provide nectar throughout the growing season. Don’t discount shrubs and wildflowers. Roses, geraniums and lilies have little or no nectar, so plant them somewhere else. Plant some herbs - butterflies love parsley, dill, and fennel. You can use the herbs they don’t eat in your cooking.

Create a simple butterfly feeder by dissolving 1 part sugar in 4 parts warm water. Drench a paper towel with the solution and place it in a flat dish. Put a stone in the dish so the butterflies can rest while they are feeding.

This would be a great project for your kids. Have them keep a diary of the species that stop by. It's not only enjoyable but a great learning experience too.

Happy Gardening!

Source: Free Articles from ABOUT THE AUTHOR Mary Hanna is an aspiring herbalist who lives in Central Florida. This allows her to grow gardens inside and outside year round. She has published other articles on Cruising, Gardening and Cooking. Visit her websites at Container Gardening and Herb Gardening