Friday, May 2, 2014

Gardening at the Love Your Pet Expo Sanctuary for Special Needs Animals

Here's what we start with:
Rocks, gravel, clay -- everything but actual soil. 

Thank goodness for:

Their contributions, plus lots of leaves and hay, produce great organic material to break up up our otherwise cement-like ground.

We start with seeds in peat pellets to grow catnip for the felines,

milkweed for the monarchs, (I'll be ordering larvae, tonight)

pipevine for the swallowtails, (the caterpillars are too small to see yet, but they've definitely started eating already)

UPDATE: When I checked this morning, I found 2 caterpillars, about an inch long. Here is one of them:

(Here is a pipevine swallowtail from our previous property.)

fruits and veggies for the body,

And flowers for the soul.

Love Your Pet Expo Sanctuary now has its own blog. Please stop by and see what else is going on. Hint: we have kittens and a new, blind puppy.

It's also time for gardening at

This butterfly garden bench would look great in our back yard. Do you have the perfect place for it, too?