|image courtesy of NWF|
- Food (at least three sources, can include feeders, plants, etc.)
- Water (bird baths, seasonal water sources, and so on all count)
- Cover (we could put in a roost, or grow some dense bushes... two sources needed)
- Places to raise young (2 sources again... we're thinking nesting boxes and host plants)
- Sustainable practices (2 practices... we already grow drought tolerant plants, and native ones)
In the meantime, I've been planting some flowers, many of which attract a variety of bees. I love getting my hands covered in dirt, whether through planting or weeding. As M works for a wholesale nursery, we get discards (plants that are beyond their prime for sales), and we get a 20% discount on wholesale prices for other plants! Yesterday, we planted marigolds and lobelia; in the recent past, we've added a number of foxgloves to the garden. Lilies from a friend that I transplanted in have bloomed too, so here are a few pictures from my garden to enjoy!
this book to read over the summer!
We always grow some veggies (mostly tomatoes, peppers, and herbs), so this will be a nice change from that. We're learning about the micro-climates in our yard (influenced by trees and more), and hopefully, we'll learn to identify many of the species of bird and insect that we attract. We'll also be amending our terrible soil (very dense), removing some invasive plants (the bindweed battles continue!), trimming up trees a little, and more! A dear friend of mine has been working on similar gardening goals, and she serves as a font of inspiration.
I'm looking forward to our summer of gardening!