Gardening for the Birds, Bees, and Butterflies

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There are so many wonderful reasons to grow a garden. My patio herb garden provides a bounty of fresh herbs for medicinal purposes and for flavoring my family’s favorite recipes. While the garden I grow in my yard provides me with beautiful flowers and greenery to enjoy, it serves a much greater purpose. It provides much needed food for the creatures who live in and visit my yard. Gardening for the birds, bees, and butterflies is a way to give back to Mother Nature and lend a helping hand to the precious creatures who share your space.

Gardening for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies

Pollinators such as hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies are essential to our world. Tragically, the bee population has begun to dwindle in large numbers, in recent years. One thing we can all do to help, is to plant a pollinator-friendly garden in our yards. Choose nectar and pollen-rich plants like wild flowers and old-fashioned varieties of flowers. Include plants like dill, fennel, and milkweed that butterfly larvae can feed on.

It’s important to plant for continuous bloom. Butterflies need nectar throughout the adult phase of their life span. Try to plant so that when one plant stops blooming, another begins. A succession of blooming annuals, perennials and shrubs is best so nectar and pollen will be available throughout the growing season.

There is a large variety of plants that will attract and sustain birds, bees and butterflies, including: garden plox, goldenrod, blanket flower, butterfly weed, asters, blazing star, tickseed, wisteria, sassafras, black-eyed susan, shasta daisy, snapdragon, spider flowers, sunflower, violets, and many more. I recommend visiting your local library to learn more about which plants to choose. This is such a great project to do with the kids.

Gardeing for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies

Many pesticides are deadly to birds, bees, and butterflies. It’s important to grow organic. I like to use Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Potting Mix and Garden Mix in my garden beds and containers.

In addition to a variety of flowers and plants, it’s important to provide water, shelter, and nesting places. You can make your own simple bird bath using terra cotta pots and saucers.

I get so much enjoyment from seeing the birds, bees, butterflies and other creatures that live in my yard. It’s definitely worth a little bit of effort to give them a helping hand.Check out Gro Something Greater for ideas on how to grow inspiration, get-togethers, family, possibilities, curiousity, confidence, and much more.

There are so many great reasons to have a garden. Why do you grow?

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  1. Awww, I love butterflies. I don’t have a garden, but love it when butterflies pass me by!

  2. My daughter and I just started gardening in preparation for Summer. She told me the other day that she wanted to make her own bird feeder so we will be working on that this weekend!

  3. I love this and it is so beautiful! I wish we could have a garden like this… darn deer and we live on so much rock!

  4. i always want something that attracts hummingbirds. I’m going to get one of those feeders

  5. Love your pictures! We are renovating our backyard this year and I will be planning my first garden. Not quite sure where to start yet but articles like this help. I would definitely love to have some butterflies around!

  6. I’m going to check out that site. I really want to plant some flowers this spring.

  7. I love this post! I love my butterfly bushes and bird feeders.

  8. We tried transplanting milkweed last year to attract monarchs with limited success. Will try once more this year!

  9. What lovely photos! I wish I had a garden but I don’t have a yard. I thinking of getting some pots and planting some fruits and veggies on my deck.

  10. The picture of the hummingbird is amazing! Miracle grow always produces great results!

  11. I admit that I am not a gardener. My daughter would love it if I were. However, I have been tempted to grow a few herbs for tastier meals. I am a bit jealous of the fabulous flower gardens that are presenting themselves now that it is spring.

  12. I love this! The picture of the hummingbird is breathtaking!

  13. Thank you for the resource. I am new to gardening and I have no idea what to use LOL! I’ll go get some Miracle Grow and get some ideas from Grow something greater. Thanks!

  14. Well, we have to keep bees at bay. My daughter is allergic to them and carries an epi-pen. But I’ll take the butterflies and birds please!

  15. We don’t see a whole lot of butterflies around our garden and flowers, but we do see plenty of hummingbirds and bees. I love it!

  16. Those are great photos you have there! We get lots of butterflies in our area. We don’t see a lot of hummingbirds. We get lots of bees though!

  17. My mom and grandma have hummingbird feeders and it’s so fun to watch them! I have butterfly bushes in my yard, so I have so many butterflies in the summer!

  18. Beautiful pictures! I am definitely not a gardner, but these are some great tips.

  19. Now I do it for the herbs, but with the kids we did it for the education and experience of nature.

  20. Beautiful photos! I have been working on growing a few things. I usually kill every plant I touch. Wish me luck.

  21. For the kids! They love being involved and watching how things are made!

  22. I love butterfly gardens. I would love to start one in my back yard

  23. I love hummingbird feeders – they’re so easy to maintain too!

  24. My mom loves gardening so much. Not sure why I never like gardening. I guess I need to get involved soon!

  25. We don’t have a garden, but I appreciate those that do. I like nature, but in small increments (allergies etc)

  26. Hummingbirds are just so beautiful. I want to get a feeder!

  27. Beautiful photos. I need to get myself a hummingbird feeder!

  28. I don’t grow quite as much as I’d like to. I think I was skipped over in the “Green Thumb” department.

  29. We don’t have a garden. But I did decide I want to get some hummingbird feeders, I think it would be neat to watch them.

  30. Gardens can be so lovely! I love butterflies, they are so beautiful.

  31. We get bumble bees every year. I think it’s the snapdragons that attract them. I love having them floating around the yard.

  32. Beautiful photos! WE have a butterfly garden near our house and it’s truly stunning. Id love to recreate it!

  33. I love gardening too. I just bought 2 blueberry bushes and can’t wait to harvest blueberries!

  34. I absolutely love your photos! I love gardening and the bees, butterflies and birds are so important! :)

  35. Those are beautiful butterflies. My daughter would want me to garden for those!

  36. I would love to attract more hummingbirds and butterflies to our garden. It’s a great way to teach the kids about our ecosystems.

  37. I also use Miracle Gro :) I have a little balcony herb garden and love having fresh herbs to use!

  38. Beautiful pictures! I need to add to my garden to make it more hummingbird and butterfly friendly. On the rare occasion that we see a hummingbird, my daughter pretends that it is a fairy :)

  39. I love butterfly gardens. I would love to have one in our backyard.

  40. That humming bird is sooo cute. We’re about to start a garden ourselves an we already have our Miracle Gro and Miracle Gro Tomato Food bought.

  41. I really want to plant some butterfly bushes this year. I also want to put out some bird feeders. :)

  42. I am so excited to plant flowers and our garden. I love nature and all the birds and butterflies in it!!! I try to make it very friendly as I want nothing to hurt the lil guys!

  43. I really want to put out a garden. We’re starting small with some non-gmo corn.

  44. I love having a yard full of beautiful butterflies. I do like to think about what I am planting and what it may attract.

  45. What great information! My inlaws have a hummingbird feeder in their backyard and my children always enjoy watching them feed during their visits. We also certainly could not survive without bees!

  46. Oh, how beautiful! I adore butterflies.

  47. So pretty! We have plenty of bees, but I’d love to attract some butterflies.

  48. I just added some more flowers to my butterfly garden :)

  49. I’ve always wanted to try gardening but never got the nerve to actually try it.

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