Promoting the growing of tree nuts in Canada, and their use.
|Allbirch Homestead's Controlled Pollinator Garden Demonstration|
|Allbirch Homestead's Controlled Pollinator Garden Demonstration
Wednesday, October 1, 2008... Lawns are now known to be environmentally bad (are they just an 'outdoor carpet'? Probably), huge weed/pest attractors, pollinator hostile and actually unnatural in central Canada (wrong climate here - its too dry).
What is the alternative to mown lawns for our homesteads?
Controlled Pollinator Gardens are said to be the best by far homestead landscapes of all.
Its time to move on to 'Controlled Pollinator Garden' homestead landscapes!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 613-832-2745 and leave us your message, today.
Friday, June 26, 2009...
Fletcher Wildlife Garden
is lending its support to our efforts to demonstration with an Controlled Pollinator Garden at 374 Allbirch Road in Constance Bay Village, Ottawa, Canada, and has contributed some 140 native wildflowers to the project.
We are seeking more expert help and community interest for the demonstration. We want to be able to show our friends and neighbours everywhere how best to realize their homestead Controlled Pollinator Garden, to help keep our planet healthy and food on our table.
Please join our demonstration today, for everyone's better health and wellbeing for the future.
Start your own homestead Controlled Pollinator Garden demonstration, too!
|Here are just a few of the better reasons to consider a controlled pollinator garden on your homestead instead of a mowed (yawn) lawn.|
|The great relief of putting the chore of homestead lawns behind you...
Here is the start-up model for our Controlled Pollinator Garden: The Fletcher Wildlife Garden's Butterfly Meadow at the demonstration Farm in Ottawa...
I quote from http://www.ofnc.ca/fletcher/habitats/meadow.php: 'BUTTERFLIES ENJOY A HABITAT that is sheltered from the wind, has plenty of sun, and contains plants with nectar, colour, and scent all season. The meadow is sheltered by rows of coniferous trees to the west and northeast. Wildflowers such as Black-eyed Susans, Lupines, Comfrey, Joe Pye-weed, Daisies, Queen Anne's Lace, Vetch, Wild Parsnip, and Phlox have been planted to attract certain butterflies such as Common Sulphurs and Black Swallowtails. A variety of larval host plants like birch trees and grasses are close by. Of course, bees and wasps also feed on the nectar in summer, and birds feed on the seeds in winter.'
'The trail veers right at the Butterfly Meadow and takes you through a sunny, sheltered area filled with a constantly changing panorama of nectar-rich flowers. But if you want to attract butterflies, even more important than a continuous supply of nectar for the adults are the nearby grasses, trees, milkweed, and thistles that their larvae (caterpillars) feed on. The combination of adult and larval food sources sheltered from the wind makes this an area where you are likely to see butterflies all season long; black swallowtails and monarchs are regular visitors here.
It's worth visiting the meadow several times over the summer and fall to see the progression of blooms and colour changes of the lupines, joe-pye weed, wild parsley, black-eyed susans, goldenrods and asters, and to look for the various species of butterflies, of course.'
Read http://www.ofnc.ca/fletcher/howto/htbutter.php on how to make your lawn into a Butterfly Meadow. Read about the why: to help make Canada the healthiest place for kids.
|The wisdom of having your own homestead Controlled Pollinator Garden, vibrant all around you 24/7...|
Here are some the butterflies we might see...