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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Butterfly Gardens
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 7, 2008 10:00 PM

Are you interested in growin a butterfly garden? Do you have Monarch butterflies in your yard. They are numerous this year. They are on their way to South America, where they winter. The Swallowtail, sulphur, Gulf Fritillary and Malchite have been around also. You must remember, butterflies begin with caterpillars and they eat plants. So be careful what you kill. Plant extras for this purpose. Start your garden with lantana, mounding, trailing and upright. Monarchs’ favorite food is milkweed. Add to your garden and honeysuckle, penta, roses, butterfly vine, butterfly weed, salvias, plumbago plus many others. Check with the nurseries. The ones listed here should be planted in full sun. These plants also attract hummingbirds. We have been hearing about a shortage of pollinators. Bees aren’t the only insects that can help with the pollination, remember wasps, butterflies, and other flying insects. Be sure the insect is a bad bug before killing it.

Vegetables needing to be seeded in October are: beets, Swiss Chard, collards, and leaf lettuce. Vegetable transplants may be planted now. They will need to be protected from the west sun. In November: carrots, mustard, onion seed, radishes, spinach and turnips.

There are many lovely fall flowers that can be transplanted now.

Plant your spring wildflower seeds. There are many choices available. If the Lord wills it, next week I’ll be in France and England. I realize this isn’t the time for visiting gardens but any time is good if you are a gardener. It is a late birthday gift and Mother’s Day gift. But I can handle it late! I expect to have some exciting information for you.

Remember, fall is for planting...

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