Ah, butterflies! They are so pretty aren’t they? Don’t you just love seeing the first one after a long winter knowing it’s a sign of spring and soon the yard will be buzzing with all kinds of life? I’m pretty sure I remember learning somewhere that seeing a yellow butterfly first as opposed to a white butterfly means good luck for the year. I don’t know if that’s true but for years I have always tried to make sure I find that yellow butterfly first. Heaven knows we all need as much luck as we can get, right? I’ve always loved butterflies, I think every little girl does. This might sound weird, but I can remember whenever we would go on family road trips in the summer, before there were all kinds of devices to watch for entertainment while in the car, we would entertain ourselves by watching bugs hit the windshield. I would get out and walk around to the front of the car to see what dad might have hit on the grill while driving on the highway and I would be devastated whenever I found a butterfly smooshed on the front with the wings still intact. I remember feeling so sad thinking how something so beautiful was now gone. Who cares about all those other bugs! Butterflies were something special. As special as they are and beautiful to watch, butterflies are actually an essential part of having an organic garden. They are great pollinators as they fly from flower to flower searching for nectar. I know that bees are the main pollinators, but butterflies are so much prettier to have around and usually people don’t freak out when one comes flying at them! But, if you have fruits and veggies that need pollination to flourish, then you need to get pollinators in there to get the job done because I tell ya, you can’t do it on your own! Butterflies are also great environment indicators. What does that mean? It means that when the garden is buzzing with life and insects, especially butterflies, that environment is healthy, nourishing, and flourishing. If there is a lack of butterflies and bees, then something is sick or covered with chemicals and disease. Don’t you love it when your home is filled with family, friends, and love? Make your garden the same way with nature.
Butterfly nectar is very simple to make. It’s a 10-part water to 1-part sugar ratio that you combine
together, bring to a boil in a pot on the stove and then left to cool completely. It’s really easy and you can whip up batches as needed.
To make the feeder, I found some beautiful printed plates to hold the butterfly nectar. There are a few ways to place them in the garden to make them both functional and decorative for all the little butterflies to come enjoy the sweet nectar!
You can leave the plate simply as is to set on a table or on the ground next to the veggie plants.
Or, glue a piece of PVC pipe to the bottom of the plate so you can insert the pipe into the soil to elevate the plate above the garden patch.
Or, cut a piece of string 1 ½ times your arms length. Fold it in half then in half again and tie the cut ends together. The other ends that are folded in half are glued to the bottom centre of the plate. Flip it over, spread the strings out, and hang it onto a flower hook for another elevated plate.
Cut a sponge into smaller pieces and place them on the plate so it will absorb the nectar as you pour it onto the plate. The butterflies will drink the nectar out of the sponges to fill their happy little selves with goodness.
Attracting butterflies will create more buzz in the garden for them to pollinate and do their job. You’re just hosting a butterfly party in your garden! Drinks all around!