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Melinda's Garden Moment: filling your garden with flowers and butterflies

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(WKOW) -- Plant some flowers and herbs, add a bit of water, put away the pesticides and butterflies will soon appear.

Plant in masses whenever possible so butterflies expend less energy traveling between flowers. But even a container of blooms will be appreciated,

Include a variety of flowers that provide nectar throughout the season. 

Plant parsley, dill and other food for the caterpillars that will soon become butterflies. 

Add a flat stone where butterflies can warm their bodies and sink a shallow container or bucket of sand into the soil and keep it moist. Add a pinch of sea salt or wood ash and watch as butterflies gather.

Leave healthy perennials standing for the winter. They provide winter homes for many of the butterflies and other beneficial insects.

Check out Melinda's website for other gardening tips.

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