Love Is In The Air

Spicebush Swallowtail Courtship Some butterflies have shown up at last.  Not as many as I would like to see though.  There were dozens of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails in past years, but only two or three of them this year.  I’ve seen some Swallowtail caterpillars but they disappeared a couple of days after.  I think the birds have been doing their job too well.  A team of … Continue reading Love Is In The Air

Newcomers

The New Bees On the Block Since I started keeping honeybees I have been more conscious about which new plants I put in the garden.  I check to see whether it can be a good food source for the bees or not.  I have been adding more herbs and wild flowers lately.  It seems to work well.  I’m happy to see that the garden is filled with … Continue reading Newcomers

Helping Monarchs And Other Pollinators

Growing Milkweed I forgot about an article I had read on the effort to rescue the Monarch butterflies from extinction.   Setting the Table for a Regal Butterfly Comeback, With Milkweed by Michael Wines in The New York Times on 12/20 may be old news but it is still good news for pollinators, and the Monarchs specifically.  It would be very interesting to see wild native flowers … Continue reading Helping Monarchs And Other Pollinators

Beneficial Insects

Natural Pest Control Many people have been asking me how I deal with insect control in the garden since I don’t use pesticide.  It required a few years of organic gardening, but the eco system in our garden has come back into balance.  The first couple of years were a little difficult since the pest insects seemed to move in quickly and had a field day … Continue reading Beneficial Insects

The Disappearing Monarchs

Soon To Be Extinct An article in the Opinion Page of The New York Times last Sunday didn’t make me feel good about the direction of our environment.  The article ‘The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear‘ by Jim Robbins mentioned that the population of the Monarch butterfly has dwindled so much  that not many of them have made it back to Mexico, their winter home, this year. … Continue reading The Disappearing Monarchs

Disappearing Monarch

Heading Toward Extinction? An article in The New York Times yesterday entitled Monarch Migration Plunges To Lowest Level in Decades by Michael Wines leaves me saddened and disappointed.  Though the article mentioned that it’s “due mostly to extreme weather and a change in farming practices in North America.”  It doesn’t matter whether it is caused by the weather or farming practice, we can help slow the pace of extinction. … Continue reading Disappearing Monarch