AMES, Iowa – Gardens are wonderful places to explore and relax. But how many other creatures are enjoying the garden’s beauty and produce?
AMES, Iowa – Gardens are wonderful places to explore and relax. But how many other creatures are enjoying the garden’s beauty and produce? Each month, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s 2016 Garden Calendar captivates with images of visiting guests of the garden.
“For many, hosting birds, butterflies, bees and other creatures is one of the most rewarding aspects of gardening,” said Richard Jauron, horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Desirable guests can be enticed to our gardens by providing food, water and shelter,” said Jauron.
“Trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals provide food and shelter for wildlife, insects and other creatures. A nearby stream, garden pond or birdbath are sources of water. Consider leaving a part of the yard in natural state to attract bees, butterflies and other guests. Also, limit the use of pesticides,” Jauron said.
Some guests, however, can be annoying and frustrating. Disinvite unwanted guests by depriving them of food and shelter. “Fencing and netting, for example, can be used to prevent hungry guests from eating plants in the garden,” said Jauron.
The large calendar grid offers space to plan and take notes on planting, plant growth, problems, harvest totals and other information. Tracking garden progress and recording invited or uninvited garden guests is fun and helpful. Gardening tips for the experienced gardener and novice provide reminders for a healthy and productive garden. Inside the calendar, 100 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office phone numbers and locations are listed to easily request help from ISU Extension and Outreach horticulture experts and resources.
Cost for this year’s calendar is $7 each.