Baby hummingbird resting on a zinnia by Walk in the Woods Photography.
Hummingbird Garden Small
Last time we ‘talked’, I was showing you a Butterfly / Hummingbird Garden that I was asked to work on. “Creating a Butterfly / Hummingbird Garden” As I promised, here is the photo of the finished project… Although the new plants are somewhat small and scraggly-looking, they will soon grow and produce many flowers. We…
The real surefire plants designed to appeal to hummingbirds are deep tube-shaped flowers. Hummingbirds probe these blooms with their long bills and tongues to lap up the energy drink that keeps their high-revving motors humming. Hummingbirds play a large role in pollination. As hummingbirds dip their bills down into each flower, pollen clings to their bills and feathers so they transfer it from plant to plant. The pollen fertilizes the flowers, which ensure their survival.
Build a small pond in the garden to attract frogs. Frogs are an organic gardeners best friend since they love eating slugs and other garden pests.
DIY hummingbird nectar is so easy to make and less expensive than store bought.
Tips and resources for starting a small butterfly garden at home
Butterfly Puddler. Make your own butterfly puddler by filling a small bowl, dish or flower pot bottom with sand. Add water until the sand is soggy. Make sure the bowl is at least 16 wide or you will be adding water to it often as it evaporates. The larger size will also allow for more butterflies. Add a tbsp of composted manure or mushroom compost to the sand Add river stones as well as some flat surfaces such as clam shells for the butterflies to sun bathe on.
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