1oz lime juice
Serve with a stick of Rhubarb to garnish!
Kimmer asks: Last couple of years I’ve found caterpillars in my parsley, what can I do to really encourage more butterflies in my yard?
Dan answers- Flowers with nectar attract butterflies and butterflies are most active mid to late summer. Look for simple flowers that bloom all season or mid to late summer, and group similar colored flowers together to make a big visual signal to butterflies. Try these types of flowers: Annuals include marigolds, impatients, phlox, verbena, Perennials asters, bee balm (monarda), yarrow, sedum, butterfly weed and purple cone flower. Wildflower/prairie choices include: Black eyed susan rudbeckia, blazing star liatris, boneset, coreopsis, goldenrod, Jopye weed, nettles, clover flowers and thistles are all great wild flowers.Trees are often hosts to caterpillars too: Cherry, aspen, poplar, oak and more!
Caterpillar host plants to add to your garden to attract butterflies to lay eggs because the babies don’t drink nectar, the caterpillars eat leaves. For black swallowtail Butterflies, plant carrot family flowers: parsnip, dill, parsley, queen annes lace, cow parsnip. Kimmer- plant a ton of parsley!
All creatures need water, so bird baths and insect baths for your butterflies would be really helpful! You can put a shallow dish with rocks to perch on and water to drink would be ideal!
Check out the awesome kaleidoscope display at the arboretum for an awesome way to experience annual plant colors! Here’s a link to the display: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/GardensOfKaleidoscopes.aspx
Jesse asks: Is it hard to grow veggies in pots? I’m new and I need help!
Caroline suggests checking the back of packages or signs on plants for key words that say “great for patios” “good for containers