The Growing Place

August 21, 2014

Going Native

Goldfinch Prairie in Aurora

Goldfinch Prairie in Aurora

Native plants continue to grow in popularity among gardeners, and right now is a good time to plant them so that they can get established before winter. Most people think of their gardens as an expression of beauty; only recently are gardeners considering the impact their personal landscapes have on preserving and promoting wildlife. Native plants provide food and shelter for native wildlife both great and small in a world where both are diminishing commodities. (more…)

July 31, 2013

Winging It Day: Attract Pollinators

monarch on asterIs your garden all abuzz? With a little planning, you can create the perfect environment for our pollinating friends. Why attract pollinators? Your vegetable patch will be even more abundant, your ornamental plants will set more seeds for birds and many pollinators act as beneficial insects by eating pests. Attract these insects with a wide range of flowers for food and enjoy a long season of continuous bloom. (more…)

May 30, 2013

Make a Difference with a Garden

embellished prairie coneflowerBy planting a garden, you can have a tremendous impact on our world. When you incorporate even a few native plants, you create a much-needed haven for wildlife, especially birds and butterflies. Bees, butterflies and bugs all play an important role in fruit and vegetable production as well as charm us with their beauty and grace.  Bats consume an amazing amount of mosquitoes and harmful insects each night. Birds fascinate us with their winged acrobatics and beautiful songs. (more…)

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