Well, In keeping with my previous blog I wanted to share with everyone one of the ways I care for Gaia. I have changed over grass in my front yard in front of the house and taken out the shrubs and planted Azalea and Gardenia bushes in the front. Then I added in my herbs and filled in quite a large area. I took the downspouts from the gutters and placed the slit tubing on them and ran them under the dirt I added as I built the garden up from the lawn level. This allows for watering the area when it rains. I have herbs the faeries will love and I also planted host plants for the Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterflies, Monarch Butterflies, and other species native to NC. I made sure there were host plants for the catepillars and the adults. I have taken out yard space on the other side of the front as well and put in a rose garden. I also took grass out of the front near the street to put in a large berm and I will plant pampas grasses and other grasses for privacy and help decrease the water consumption in the yard.
That is a start. I have even gone so far as to collect the large catepillars when they are getting ready to turn into chrysallis and take them inside and allow them to change there and then when they hatch take them back out to help decrease the likely hood of being eaten as a chrysallis.