Challenge from Sarah Donovan:  Write a Reason/Response List for any topic about which you are passionate.

8 Responses to More Ecologically-Friendly Rural Outdoor Spaces

8 Be a part of the food solution. Hang a bee house for the pollinators to live rent-free facing the morning sun, five to seven feet off the ground and under an eave. Read more here: https://content.yardmap.org/learn/bee-hotels/

7 Plant a butterfly garden outside a window, with host plants and nectar plants. A garden with fennel as a host plant will attract Black Swallowtails, and they love strawberry-lemon-orange sherbet Lantana nectar. Turn a garbage can lid upside down and offer sliced oranges. To attract a real feeding frenzy, add a small sponge and let a little grandson who loves to pee in the country air take aim. Butterflies LOVE a good tinkle-drinkle. Read more here: https://www.thebutterflysite.com/gardening.shtml

6 Feed the birds. Infuse a variety of bird feeders in and around your butterfly garden to invite a flurry of feathered activity better than any movie. Try these: suet cakes hanging from trees; hummingbird feeders on ground hooks; flat trays for ground feeders; a mealworm tray for bluebirds; hanging feeders with different seeds to attract a wide range of birds. Purchase a field guide for birds common in your region to identify what you attract, and keep the binoculars handy for tree watchers! Read more here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/how-to-choose-the-right-kind-of-bird-feeder/

5 Bathe and house the birds. A bird bath with running water is the five-star hotel variety, but a simple birdbath with clean water and a few light-refracting pebbles is an easy and less expensive option. Invest in several wooden birdhouses and install them on poles with twenty feet of spacing apart. Plant irises at the base to give a thick deterrent to predators. Read more here: https://backyardville.com/all-about-birdhouses/

4 Invite deer and squirrels to their own feast by setting out salt and mineral blocks. Keep the binoculars close by – – watch and wait for the appreciative woodland friends to come dine. Read more here: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/encourage-deer-yard-52983.html

3 Treat your yard for pests and cut off your grocery bill by investing in hens (and a rooster if your rules allow). More cities are allowing hens, and contrary to what the rooster believes, he is NOT necessary for hens to provide breakfast for your family. Read more here: https://www.almanac.com/news/home-health/chickens/raising-chickens-101-how-get-started

2 Compost! Stop using your sink disposal and return your scraps to nature to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Coffee grounds (even the filters), carrot shavings, potato skins, and any leafy vegetation will compost to boost your garden nutrients! Read more here: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/07/828918397/how-to-compost-at-home

1 Plant a garden – a vegetable garden will cut your family’s grocery bill. Plant some flower beds, too, in-ground or in raised platforms. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate the gifts of the earth. Get a plant press and learn the fine art of pressing flowers and ferns that can be used to decoupage candles and soaps, and create beautiful art and greeting cards. Boldly proclaim your love for natural beauty at every opportunity! Read more here: https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/raised-bed-basics/8565.html

Above all, take time to sip some lemonade and enjoy the beauty of this ecologically-friendly space you have cultivated, and maintain it every season!

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  1. Kim, this is so beautiful. Even though these spoken word poems look more like prose, this is so beautifully poetic. The way you described lantana popped them into my mind. Pollinators living rent-free. Butterflies that love tinkle-drinkles. Such innovative ideas–like hens. I never knew. I love the reference to the rooster thinking he was needed. Amazing poem. Thank you for the links too. Denise

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