Backyard wildlife habitats are just one of many examples of Permaculture. I wrote an article about them for an on-line magazine called "The Big Blend". www.BigBlendMagazine.com. It should be on the site about Monday of next week.
Here's a few paragraphs of the article:
So what can you do to bring nature back into balance and encourage the wildlife to become part of your outdoor environment? It’s easy – go natural! By adding native plants (bushes and trees, too) to an existing landscape and providing the four essential elements necessary to create a habitat you will encourage the birds, bees, butterflies, insects and other creatures to return to your yard.
How to create a habitat
Habitat is defined by four essential elements: food, water, shelter (cover), and space. The foundation of the habitat is the vegetation type that exists on the site. Food sources may include plant material (including roots, pollen, and nectar), insects, or other animals. If preferred food sources are not available but other habitat elements are optimal, then some species will look for new sources of food such as pet food, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, or landscape plants. So be sure to plant native species to provide food and keep them away from your prized plants and gardens. Another way to create a symbiotic environment is to provide a plant for the animals and one for you! Then there will be enough for everyone.
More at www.BigBlendMagazine.com
I will be interviewed on internet radio about backyard habitats on Tuesday, March 3rd about 3:30 in the afternoon AZ time. The link to use for this is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Garden-Gossip/2009/03/03/Eminent-Domain-Bird-Butterfly-Gardens-More
If you are near a computer I hope you can tune in and hear the show!
Doreen aka The Garden Goddess
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