Earth Day: How-to Pay it Forward

My Garden Life
April 18, 2016
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On Earth Day, it’s important to reflect on how each of us impacts the world around us. In particular, consider what aspects of your balcony, porch, garden affect air, water, soil, and animals in your neighborhood. We all aim to make a positive impact on the world around us, whether it’s picking up trash that tumbled into our garden or assisting a neighbor in need. This Earth Day, April 22, take positive actions to support the community we all play a crucial role in fostering.

Pay it forward to our planet with these easy-to-do projects:

For the Birds

There are nearly 10,000 bird species in the world, compared to ONE living human species.

1. Hang a feeder in a location where you can enjoy watching the wildlife all year.
2. Provide a birdbath for our feathered friends to frolic, drink, and refresh.

Goldfinches at Birdbath

3. Add a birdhouse for the birds to call home.

4. Plant a tree or shrub to provide berries to birds, such as:

Crabapple, Malus species
Dogwood, Cornus florida
Elderberry, Sambucus canadensis / Sambucus racemosa
Holly, Ilex species
Juniper, Juniperus species
Serviceberry or Juneberry, Amelanchier alnifolia / Amelanchier canadensis
Sumac, Rhus typhina / Rhus lancea
Viburnum, Viburnum species

Cedar Waxwing with Berry

5. Attract hummingbirds with flowering plants, such as:

Beardtongue, Penstemon species
Cleome, Cleome hassleriana
Flowering Maple, Abutilon hybrid
Honeysuckle, Lonicera species
Hyssop, Agastache hybrid
Nicotiana, Nicotiana hybrid
Verbena, Verbena species

Hummingbird Visiting Pink Flower, Close-up

For the Butterflies

There are nearly 20,000 butterfly species in the world, compared to ONE living human species.

1. Provide butterflies food by planting flowers rich in nectar, such as:

Butterfly Bush, Buddleia davidii
Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa / Asclepias curassavica
French Marigold, Tagetes patula
Lantana, Lantana camara
Star Flower, Pentas lanceolata
Verbena, Verbena species
Zinnia, Zinnia elegans

Butterfly on Pink Pentas FlowerButterfly on Red-Orange Lantana Flowers

2. Provide a butterfly puddle pool in the full sun and where you can observe them.


For Everyone

1. Select indoor potted plants to enjoy and purify your home’s air.Bonsai Tree
2. Grow herbs in the kitchen to use in your meals or cocktails.

Fresh Mint in Cocktail Drink

3. Plant a vegetable garden, then grill or eat fresh food all summer.

Vegetables in Harvest Basket

4. Choose a tree to plant and provide shade for yourself or shelter for animals.

Hammock Hanging Between 2 Trees


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