Patterson Park Community Garden does more than feed people. We also feed and nurture wildlife.
In particular we support Monarch butterflies.
Like all other wildlife, monarch butterflies need:
Food: Milkweed leaves for caterpillars to munch on and flower nectar for the adult forms. We offer both sources of food.
Water: Butterflies, birds and small animals all need a source of clean water. We provide a birdbath for quick sips and clean ups.
Cover: Trees, shrubs and leafy plants offer shelter from bad weather and enemies.
Places to Raise Young: Monarch butterfly larvae can only eat the leaves of milkweed plants. We grow three varieties at the community garden: Texas Milkweed, Green Milkweed, and Hierba de Zizotes
Sustainable Practices: Monarch butterflies (and all other wildlife) face 4 threats.
Organic gardens like Patterson Park Community Garden make room for wildlife.
Organic gardens do not use herbicides, pesticides or any other poisons.
Organic gardens avoid the use of fossil fuels.
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