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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.

Take care.

BB

NCWyldwytch

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Comment by Mountain Moon Mama on February 20, 2008 at 8:06am
What kinds of herbs do fairies like? My friend moved into a house at the beginning of last year but hasn't really had a chance to do any gardening. She's interested in making a fairy garden but I'm at a loss where to begin. Would you mind giving me some tips?

Blessings,
Lua
Comment by NCWyldewytch on February 21, 2008 at 2:13pm
Sure Lua,
Faeries really like ANY kind of plant that gives them shelter, adds to the scenery, etc.
I have a myriad of herbs planted, including: lavender (5 types), salvias ( 3or 4 types), mint (5 types), Rue, Mugwort, motherwort, and many more.
Blue bells are good, as well as lillies, iris, and Columbine.
She needs to look at where she is planting this garden, howmuch sun it will get and whether or not she has water problems ensuing right now.
Feel free to give her my link. I will be more than happy to give her ideas.
Brightest Blessings
NCWyldewytch
Comment by NCWyldewytch on April 2, 2008 at 10:47am
I have added a berm to the front of my yard now and took a large section of grass out. I created a new garden space with 6 rose bushes, 2 lilacs, pampas grass, pansies and sedum. I then sprinkled an assortment of seeds over the new ground and covered with mulch. I did all of this after a long downfall of rain and the topsoil that was delivered was soaked so I did not need to water anything. Since then I have saved rain water to use as needed and am now beginning to see seedlings, leaves on the rose bushes, and lilacs.
My front herb bed is filling in now. Wow, the mugwort is very invasive and has commandeered 5x5 in the bed and the mint is taking over the front of the bed. Everything is filling in and spring is showing she is here. I love this time of the year.

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