BCG BLOG — pollinators

Butterfly host plants

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Are you looking to build a butterfly garden? If so, you need to understand the entire life cycle of the butterflies. Everyone talks about the importance of nectar plants, but are you familiar with host plants?  Whenever you see butterflies visiting your garden, they are looking for nectar and hosts plants. Hosts plants are vital to the success of any butterfly garden. Hosts plants are where butterflies lay their eggs, and they are the only source of food for the caterpillars. Think about that for a second. The butterfly travels around and gathers nectar but will only lay her eggs...

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Soil Test: What,Where,Why and How

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Soil Test               Do you know what is in your soil?  Not the generic answer: Earthworms, water, sand, silt, clay.  I am talking about the specific amounts of each nutrient — the microbiological life that is teaming or suffering within the soil.   Without a soil test, it is impossible to know these answers.              A soil test gives precise and accurate levels of essential nutrients such as soil pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, sodium, sulfur, potassium, and magnesium.  More extensive tests can even test the microbiological levels of micro nutrients- Zinc, iron, manganese, and copper. I normally just stick with the routine analysis, this...

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Planting Bulbs

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Planting bulbs is an easy way to add years color and attract beneficial insects to your garden. Also, in my opinion, one of the easiest ways to get started gardening. Whether you get a pot/container or dig a whole Just remember these simple steps.   How To Plant Bulbs 1.       Loosen and spade the soil for the intended planting area. 2.       Dig a hole twice the size of the bulb. For larger bulbs, that’s around 8” deep and for smaller bulbs around 4” deep.3.       Place bulb in the hole with the root side down and pointy side up. Like most...

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