OK In Health - Glorious Garden Gems

How to attract butterflies to your garden year-round - February 2019

By Lindsay Coulter

butterfly

Want to help butterflies? Think beyond providing flowers for nectar in the height of summer.

Many butterfly species we see in Canada don't migrate. You can provide habitat and food for their entire lifecycle — eggs, larvae, pupae AND adults — throughout the year. You'll need:

Host plants: Adults need a place to lay eggs where their caterpillars will forage. (Plant species that will get eaten and not just look pretty!)

Mud puddles: Some butterflies rarely visit flowers. They prefer mud, poop (a.k.a. "scat" or "dung"), sap and rotting fruit.

Blooms from spring through fall: Don't limit your garden to an end-of-July colour extravaganza. You'll need a diversity of native nectar plants to flower over a few months.

Overwintering habitat: Consider not raking leaves to provide a butterfly nursery! Most butterflies in Canada overwinter as caterpillars, others as pupae. A few species winter as adults, hibernating in hollow trees, under bark and firewood piles, or in garden shed cracks and crevices. Few spend winter as eggs.

Sunshine: Make sure you (or your neighbours) have sunny spots.

Nectar plants: Most butterflies will feed from more than a few plant species.

Think about the role of your yard: Is it a habitat source (high quality patch that supports population increases)? Or is it more of an island? Some yards can provide for one butterfly species' entire life cycle. Some are disconnected from other habitat patches. Walk around the block and view your neighbourhood through a butterfly's eyes. Chat with your neighbours and see what they're planting. Note possible connecting corridors between butterfly-friendly patches. Can schoolyards, boulevards and local green spaces where you live help support butterflies?

Get to know native butterfly species: Not every person in Canada can create monarch butterfly habitat (e.g., they aren't native to Vancouver Island).

 

 

What will you do this season to help butterflies?

Sincerely, 
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green

For more great tips from Lindsay check out her blog 




Lindsay  Coulter Lindsay 's Bio: David Suzuki's Queen of Green, Lindsay Coulter, answers your green living questions and offers tips and recipes to make your life easier on the environment. It's all about green living made easy. Continue the conversation: read Queen of Green blog - Lindsay Coulter Website


Rejuv Beauty Cream by Ferlow Botanicals

Copyright © 2004- 2011 OKinHealth.com. This article is of the copyright of OK in Health and the author; any reproduction, duplication and transmission of the article are to have prior written approval by OK in Health or the author.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER
This information and research is intended to be reliable, but its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. All material in this article is provided for information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this newsletter / e-magazine / website. Readers should consult their doctor and other qualified health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. The information and opinions provided in this newsletter / e-magazine/website are believed to be accurate and sound, based on the best judgment available to the authors. Readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions. OK in Health is not responsible for the information in these articles or for any content included in this article which is intended as a guide only and should not be used as a substitute to seeking professional advice from either your doctor or a registered specialist for yourself or anyone else.
Connect with Us
facebook    twitter

Maria's Ireland Sacred Tours


Wellness Tip
Weight Lifting for Strength
Assuming that you have warmed-up properly, the key to weight training for increased strength is to work muscles beyond their present capacity. Consider choosing a weight for each exercise that causes you to work harder during the last few repetitions than during the first few. But never sacrifice your form. Proper form and technique help reduce the risk of injury.


Maria's Ireland Sacred Tours


Wellness Directory
Penticton Integrative HealthCare
Specialty: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Providing skilled, compassionate natural medical care since 1996 using acupuncture, herbal medicine, and low-level laser, I have successfully treated conditions from bed wetting to breast cancer.
View Details


Maria's Ireland Sacred Tours


Event
Healing Massage Certificate Course
Date: Jun 8, 2019
Location: Kelowna & Central Okanagan
You will learn basic practical techniques of massage & how to move blocked energy out of the body! See website for more information. LOTS of hands-on training!
View Details


Rejuv Beauty Cream by Ferlow Botanicals


Article
7 Ways to Keep Calm During the Hectic Holiday Season
Here we go: we’re at the top of the roller coaster about to plummet straight into the hustle and bustle of holiday season! Some years it feels like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s aren’t so much festive celebrations as anxiety-inducing events I have to white-knuckle my way through. So how did the season of gratitude and love become rife with stress and panic? For me, social pressure and my own unnecessarily high standards resulted in way too much...
Full Article


Maria's Ireland Sacred Tours


Recipe
Breakfast Protein Smoothie
Category: Breakfast
Description: Great Breakfast for one the go. Kids love it too. Helps us maintain a healthy weight. Choose the fruits you enjoy!
Always add and mix the protein last.

The Health Benefits of Protein is that it is an important nutrient needed by everyone on a daily basis. Protein is made up of essential and non-essential amino acids, which are the "building blocks" for healthy bodies. Protein has a number of different roles in the body including the following: Repair body cells, Build and repair muscles and bones, Provide a source of energy and Control many of the important processes in the body related to metabolism.
The body is able to make non-essential amino acids from other amino acids in the body. However, the body is not able to make essential amino acids and the only way to get them is by eating high quality protein foods. Protein sources that contain all of the essential amino acids are called complete proteins.
Full Recipe


Rejuv Beauty Cream by Ferlow Botanicals