This is the first #Bonus blog of our #30DaysWild Challenge.
When researching for the butterfly blog found here we just fell head over heels in love with the little-winged creatures. A strong principle of the farm is the use of permaculture in our growing techniques and daily running, as such, we constantly seek to educate ways of nurturing nature. This bonus blog will focus on two simple ways that you can do this at home for butterflies.
Building a butterfly feeder
This first project requires a small amount of time and space and can be adapted depending on your outside space.
- Mix four parts water to one part sugar in a pan and boil it until the sugar dissolves.
- Cool the water. Any leftover nectar/sugar water can be stored in a fridge for 4-6 weeks.
- Place the colourful scourers or the cut fruit in your small plate or shallow bowl.
- Add the water.
- Place your feeder outside.
It really is that simple!
Growing a butterfly garden
The second project takes more time than the first and as a general rule slightly more space, although we think you could alter the amounts drastically and grow a mini garden in a large plant pot that would also benefit butterflies.
Butterflies see many colours and it’s believed they are most attracted too bright colours, the good people at University of Illinois have made this infographic showing the types of flowers that most attract butterflies:
- Butterflies like the sun so plant your garden or place your large plant pot in the sunniest patch.
- Avoid insecticides, these are not good for butterflies and won’t discriminate against bug types.
- Put some flat stones around the plants to give the butterflies a basking area to warm their wings.
- Variety is key! There are so many plants listed above, try to choose a cross sections so they bloom at different types making your garden more functional throughout the year.