Easy Butterfly Feeding Stations

butterfly feeding stations

Make butterfly feeding stations in your garden.

We all want (and need) our children and grandchildren to be good stewards of nature. But sometimes we get too busy to account for the passage of time. Here it is, about to be summertime and the butterflies are out there, in the backyard, just looking for all those wonderful nectar source plants and larva food plants. Did you remember to plant your butterfly garden? Do you have blooms yet? Supplementation may be in order.

This easy, simple feeding station uses slices of citrus. For most of us, this photo shows WAY too much citrus for the average yard. I would use only one thin slice, and change it daily. Placed on a deck railing or other easily observed position, this will nourish adult butterflies. Caterpillars? Better get that dill and fennel seed in the ground soon. And consider mosquito repellent rather than yard fumigation if you want the butterflies to have a chance.

Mike Rushing

Mike and Paula Rushing have been gardening in St. Clair county since 1990, and In Forest Park since 2007. A Jefferson County Master Gardener and course instructor at Master Gardening classes, Mike also volunteers weekly at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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