We had an awesome turnout (15 folks) for our workday yesterday to plant our perimeter planting beds. These beds are designed, in part, to attract pollinators, such as bees, hummingbirds, and Monarch and other butterflies. The beds inside our garden fencing also contain culinary herbs, such as Lavendar, Thyme, Mexican Oregano, Mexican Mint Marigold, and Rosemary. Due to the distinct watering needs of some of these plants, Mike Sullivan has volunteered to water the new planting beds at the appropriate times to help get the plants established. Please let Mike handle the watering of the plants so that they do not get over-watered.
We have one final push to make on the perimeter planting: the planting of milkweed plants to attract and feed Monarch butterflies. These plants are not yet ready to be picked up for planting but should be in the next few weeks. Another community workday will be scheduled at that time.
Our perimeter planting is required, in part, by our license agreement with the City of Austin. We must establish a wildlife habitat, which includes food sources (our perimeter plants), shelter (our planned insect hotel by the shed), and water. This last can be as simple as a bird bath. Regarding that, does anyone have a stone or ceramic bird bath basin they would like to donate to the garden?
Looking forward to seeing you all in the garden!