Our garden is healthy when there are lots of earthworms. Earthworms eat bacteria and fungi and excrete worm castings, which improves the texture and health of your soil. What brings earthworms to your soil? Using good farming practices of no-till, crop rotation, and cover crops will encourage worms to come and build homes.
The real bonus is the birds returning because your garden has food for them. The garden is vibrational – birds respond to the energy in soil, looking for food. The sound of birds in your yard is a natural result of looking after your soil, thus creating this beautiful balance. Remember to have fruit and berry-bearing trees that the birds can feast on in the winter months. Mountain ash, Chokecherry, Saskatoon, Wild cherry, and junipers are just some examples.
Hummingbirds love trumpet-like flowers that provide copious nectar and are very colourful like honeysuckles, columbine, bee balm, daylilies, impatiens, and they also feed on peachtree flowers. With this diversity, the hummingbirds will continue to return to your yard.
When you are creating a space for the beneficial pollinators, also remember to use fountains or a birdbath to create a source of water. Also, if you can, create a wild space and allow nature to thrive on its own.
Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colours, create as much variety as you can, the more variations you plant, the better. When considering flowers to plant, also remember to have perennials and annuals that flower at different times throughout the season, creating available flowers from early spring to late fall. Choosing flowers that naturally attract bees and butterflies include cosmos, columbine, lavender, purple cornflower, dill, chives and black-eyed Susan, to name a few.
Plant native flower species that are suited to your climate, with water conservation in mind. Mulching around flowers can also reduce water requirements.
Two of the earliest spring flowers are dandelions and strawberries. When the first dandelions appear, the pollinators will not be far behind. The fruit orchard is a strong attractor of beneficial pollinators, apple and peach trees, and blueberry and haskup bushes and all of the berry bushes.
Butterflies and bees are a clear indication that there are no toxic chemicals in the soil and plants. These natural pollinators are essential for our fruit trees, without which our crops would fail. Pollinators increase food quantity and food quality. There is improved quality and taste in food because plants put more energy and resources into the food when strongly pollinated.
Plan to plant more gardens to feed the bugs and birds because their presence tells the story of diversity and health in your land. These bugs and birds are an essential part of controlling unwanted pests.
A demonstration of excellent soil biome is when you have birds, bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects,
It’s all about the incredible importance of biodiversity for the birds, bees, and butterflies.