Bee Better gardeners know the value of planting, Pawpaw, Asimina triloba. The leaves of the Pawpaw plant is the only host plant for the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly, Eurytides marcellus. The fruit is edible and tasty. This alone is reason enough to grow Pawpaw, but in a Bee Better garden, we want to provide as many host plants […]
As you continue to build a Bee Better garden, plan to plant the evergreen perennial, rue, Ruta graveolens, if you haven’t already! In doing so, you can aid in fully sustaining the Giant Swallowtail butterfly in your Bee Better garden. Remember, we need host plants in our gardens in addition to nectar-rich butterfly plants. Otherwise, we […]
Bee Better gardeners have a passion for passion vine. Why? Because we know this beauty isn’t only a feast for the eye, but it’s also a host plant for the Gulf Fritillary. Yes, by planting this Maypops, you can aid in fully sustaining the Gulf Fritillary in your bee better garden. GULF FRITILLARY […]
Do you look at lawn violets and see weeds? Look again. Bee Better gardens embrace and even see the beauty in these “weeds.” But seriously, lawn violets are also very pretty! Did you know these common lawn weeds are a host butterfly plant in our ecoregion 231? Read on. Yes, by planting this common plant, […]
Do you really understand what it means to be organic? A quick search of the internet will five you the pros and cons of eating organic produce, eggs, and meats. But have you considered the birds, bees, and butterflies? Do they know the difference? The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) defines organic as follows: Organic […]
What is ecoregion 231? A Regional Guide for Farmers, Land Managers, and Gardeners In the Southeastern Mixed Forest Province, including the States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and parts of Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Maryland NATIVE SouthEast MILKWEEDS FOR MONARCHS Our Director, Helen Yoest, has grown a lot […]
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