Hi. Its been a bit since I last shared. Time flies when it’s holiday season. Here in coastal Virginia, it’s time to start thinking about the spring garden. My husband is planning to make my garden beds into raised beds for lots of reasons – the best of which is that it’s easier on both of our backs. Any way, we have blocked out out plots and ordered our seeds. Very exciting!
Last year, one of the things I really wanted to do was to dedicate our yard to becoming a monarch sanctuary way station. Bot, did I have a lot to learn!
We planted butterfly bushes and a bit of milkweed and a pt of bee balm. Pollinators are a good thing too, especially when you re growing something that requires pollinating. Of course, you say…smile now.
Then we planted our herb garden which included parsley, basil, thyme, etc. Well, after a bit we noticed that something was eating all our parsley. And it had little worms! We were upset to say the least. I was headed for the neem oil when they disappeared! A few days later we found caterpillars!
To say we were excited would be a huge understatement! We thought we had the elusive monarch. No, not yet. What we had were Eastern Black Swallowtails and when they hatched we were surrounded by them.
What a lovely experience!
We spent the fall and winter so far, learning about how to draw more types of butterflies, and bees, to our yard. In future posts I will share what we have learned. Butterflies…and bees, are essential to a healthy gardenscape. I hope you are as excited as we are.
I haven’t yet reached the goal of being a certified butterfly way station, but moving forward on the journey. Your comments and suggestions, as always, are most welcome!
Until next time…keep on keepin’ on!