Sunday, March 2, 2008
Butterfly Mud Bath
Did you know that butterflies can’t get all the minerals and salt they need from drinking flower nectar?
They visit muddy areas and find the salt and mineral in the mud and water. I recently learned this, and using an old saucer put garden dirt and water in the saucer, added a sprinkle of table salt and a bit of garden manure to create a spa for butterflies.
You can buy a large shallow plastic or glazed ceramic saucer at any plant store for a dollar or two, add the key ingredients and butterflies will be attracted. I put my mud bath on a table in the sun where pets won’t bother the butterflies.
For flowers to plant for butterflies my March column “Flowers for Butterflies” can be read at www.positivelyfeminine.org