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Butterfly Gardening A Complete Guide

The Butterfly Gardening Guide – How to Attract and Keep Butterflies

Butterfly Gardening is a complete guide to attracting butterflies to your garden year after year. This premium guide has lots of beautiful pictures to inspire and motivate gardeners of all ages, no matter what their skill level in gardening is. This is a must have resource manual that you will refer to over and over again when planning your perfect butterfly garden.

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Handbook for Butterfly Watchers

This essential handbook covers where to find butterflies; how to observe and photograph them; their behavior, biology, ecology, and life histories; butterfly gardening; butterfly rearing; identification; and conservation.

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Beginner’s Guide to Butterfly Gardening

How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden? “Butterfly Gardening” is a term that refers to selecting plants for your garden that attract butterflies. This eBook was written for anyone wishing to entice these beautiful creatures to their yard or garden. Even if you have limited space, this guide will show you how to create a functional habitat to enjoy for years to come!

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Irrigating Your Butterfly Garden

Whether your butterfly garden comprises acres or just a few potted plants on a balcony, you will have to make sure it is properly watered to keep it flowering to attract butterflies. A hose or watering can will take care of a balcony or patio garden, but what about a full-size lawn?

There are so many reasons to irrigate your garden or  yard. Hand watering is hit or miss, and sometimes you may get busy and forget. Being out of town during warm, dry weather can be a real problem, too.

The best answer for a large area is usually a drip irrigation system. It keeps from wasting water, and it can easily be automated to keep your plants healthy even when you are not home to water them.

Drip irrigation is especially good in a windy area or at the edge of your property, where water from a lawn sprinkler might be blown onto the neighbor’s yard instead, and not do your plants any good. It is also good if you or your family members spend a lot of time in your yard both days and evenings and do not want to get sprayed when the sprinklers come on.

You may prefer lawn sprinklers, or you may want to combine them with a drip irrigation system for several reasons. For one thing, in a very dusty area, lawn sprinklers wash dust off the plants, allowing them to absorb more light and oxygen, so they look and grow better. Also, some pests, such as red spider, are discouraged by thorough drenching by sprinklers.

Whatever system you have, or whatever you decide to install, you can easily find all the irrigation supplies you need on line. That way you can have them delivered to your door instead of running all over town trying to find them.

Ordering on line leaves more time for enjoying your butterfly garden and working on your irrigation system—or watching someone else work on it. And more time for watching butterflies, which is always a good thing.

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Butterfly Garden Plants

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Creating a butterfly habitat is not as difficult as many people might believe. Following a few simple steps and growing the right butterfly garden plants will bring a mass of butterflies to your backyard for years to come.

Having the most desirable plants available to butterflies goes a long way in drawing the most with the least amount of effort. Let’s begin with identifying which plants attract butterflies, by their nectar, and then move on to the butterfly host plants.

Butterfly Nectar Plants – Most Common

  • Butterfly Bush
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Common Milkweed
  • Wild Bergamot
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Autumn Joy Sedum
  • Marigolds
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Garlic Chives
  • Red Clover
  • Lilacs

The butterfly host plants are used mainly by the butterflies for laying eggs and as a source of nutrition for the caterpillars.

Butterfly Host Plants – Most Common

  • Most of the Milkweed family
  • Pawpaw Tree
  • Alfalfa
  • Herbs (such as Parsley & Dill)
  • Clover family
  • Mustard family
  • Willows

By planting these commonly available garden plants you can attract the most wide array of butterflies to your garden. You’ll want to also plant an assortment of other perennials and grasses to provide a cover for your butterflies to retreat to.

Your butterfly garden wouldn’t be complete without a place for the butterflies to drink from. While you may find a desperate butterfly taking a sip at the edge of a bird bath, you would do well to give them a more natural watering hole. If you don’t have a naturally wet spot in your garden you can easily make your own by filling a shallow container with some sand and then keeping the water level right below the surface of the sand. That way the butterflies can actually land on the damp surface and take a drink.

While there are many more garden plants that you could grow to draw specific types of butterflies, these tips will draw a host of butterflies to your garden in a hurry. Don’t forget that once you create your butterfly habitat, you should be responsible in the maintenance of it.

Copyright © 2009 – Brian French – All rights reserved

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Learn more about garden trees & plants at the author’s gardening information website, where you’ll find many more how to gardening articles.
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Butterfly Gardening for the South

The only guide available for planting to attract butterflies to Southern gardens, Butterfly Gardening for the South includes information on creating an instant butterfly garden and growing native plants, as well as a special section on how to photograph butterflies, and more.

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Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guide to Attracting Birds and Butterflies: How to Plant a Backyard Habitat to Attract Hummingbirds and Other Winged Wildlife (Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guides)

Attracting Birds & Butterflies

Attracting Birds & Butterflies

Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guide to Attracting Birds and Butterflies: How to Plant a Backyard Habitat to Attract Hummingbirds and Other Winged Wildlife (Taylor’s Weekend Gardening Guides)
Nature’s colorful creatures will flock to the yard when you follow the guidelines set forth in this book. Attractive flowers and natural plantings will attract birds and butterflies throughout the season.

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After Gardening, Pamper Your Toes and Indoor Pets, Too

Butterfly gardening is hard work. At this time of year, after even a short session of weeding or watering, you come back into the house all hot and sweaty, ready for a cold drink, a cool shower and a nap. You have been nurturing the butterflies, caring for the plants that attract and feed them. Now you are ready to pamper yourself.

One of the best small pleasures before or after your nap—or anytime—is to dig your toes into the silky softness of sheepskin rugs. They are wonderful beside the bed and in front of a favorite reading chair in the bedroom—or anywhere you can enjoy the softness with your clean, bare feet.

And now that you have taken care of the butterflies, there are other sheepskin products that you can use to pamper your indoor pets. Sheepskin makes wonderful pet beds, too. I love the ones from ComfySheep.com.

Warm and natural, sheepskin cradles your pets in softness. It is warm in the winter and can be covered with a washable cloth cover for summer use.

Pets love it, especially cats, who seem to like to be warmer than the air conditioning usually allows, if you keep it really cool in the summer. Cats love cuddling up in the softness of skeepskin rugs, pillows and beds.

And after all, it’s better than having them outside chasing butterflies. Don’t you think?

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