Posted on 24 May 2010 by urbangardencasual.com
By Sonya Welter
If you think of parsley as flavorless green flakes that come in a little shaker, you’re in for a big surprise when you try fresh parsley.
Fresh parsley has a bright zing that perks up soups, salads and other savory dishes.
A friend of mine makes pesto with parsley instead of basil; I was hesitant at first, but it is divine over warm or cold cooked pasta with fresh diced tomatoes.
Parsley has the added benefits of being really, really easy to grow, and it adapts well to container culture. Parsley doesn’t seem to mind being crowded, and in the past I’ve crammed an entire packet of seeds in a 12 inch diameter pot, because that was all I had room for. But for better yields and stronger plants, you would ideally want to Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 13 September 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
I am fascinated by butterflies.
There’s at least one good reason : my name actually means butterfly in Greek.
I’m not the only person who loves them, though. Many people hope to have these dainty insects visit their garden.
Here are some tips and plants that help bring butterflies to your yard, courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation.
1. Put plants in full sun.
When choosing your plants, try to pick the ones that grow in full sun, as this is the kind of lighting most favorable for butterfly feeding. Consult a book or catalog for all plants you are interested in planting.
2. Don’t use insecticides.
When we think of pesticides, you Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 15 May 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
Attracting beautiful butterflies to your garden all summer long is easy if you create a butterfly garden for these lovely creatures.
There are many plants which are perfect for smaller gardens and even some which can be grown in pots. Why not build a butterfly garden to enjoy this summer?
Elements Of The Butterfly Garden
A successful butterfly garden needs to include food for attracting mature butterflies as well as food for caterpillars. Butterflies also need a source of water. Combining these requirements can make a garden which is attractive to butterflies and people, too. Creating a beautiful small landscape with the plants below will repay the gardener with the sight of butterflies sitting on flowers and hovering in the air in the garden.
Butterflies eat flower nectar. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 14 May 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
There is a rapidly growing movement amongst gardeners to try and create more spaces for wildlife.
Whether you plant an entire garden designed to attract and feed wildlife or whether you add a few plants which can provide food for birds, this is a wonderful project for even the smallest garden.
Watching birds and butterflies decorate your garden is rewarding and fun.
Why Do We Need More Wildlife Habitat?
Habitat destruction is one of the main causes of vanishing species of songbirds, frogs etc. Even if there is a small nature preserve near your home, chances are there isn’t enough room for wildlife to roam in search of food, shelter and new mates. Adding a wildlife habitat garden creates wildlife corridors, connecting green areas with safe places for wildlife to stop and eat and rest. Read the rest of this entry »