Today is a rainy day at home. We are eating good food, enjoying our hobbies, and later watching movies.
I was researching more about native plants for our garden and came across this website where you can enter your zip code and see a list of native plants to grow in your area.
I discovered that we already have so many and I thought about all of the birds and insects I have seen over the years.
It was so interesting to learn that a native tree will attract hundreds of species of caterpillars and a non-native tree will host only 5 species of caterpillars. It’s important to have plenty available to birds because it can take thousands of caterpillars to raise a brood of chickadees.
Last year we decided to start leaving the fallen leaves on the ground in order to benefit the insects, birds, and habitat. We also have never sprayed any type of pesticides since we moved here. I’m going to look into types of invasive plants to remove as I add more new natives.
I’m enjoying learning more about native plants and will share more interesting information in the future.