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Hot fun in the summertime

Contributors: Helen Yoest 

 As summer temperatures soar, so does the flight of the butterflies and hummingbirds.  Welcoming wildlife into your garden is sure to give you hot fun in the summertime!

Sit a spell and watch the wildlife world go by.  After all, we are on summer-time; so it’s time to kick back on the back deck or front porch and sip some tea with the butterflies and hummingbirds.  Together you can listen to the birds sing, watch the chipmunks play, or just feel free to nod off to the melodic sound of a serenading frog.

Creating a wildlife habitat in your own backyard is simple to do and richly rewarding.  Your wildlife garden can be a container garden, window box, a corner carved out in a traditional landscape, or an entire suburban lot.  

Engaging children in this activity also helps create the next generation of gardeners and naturalists.  

Providing food, water, cover, and places to raise their young is all that is needed to create a wildlife habitat.  A walk through your property will reveal what you have already.  You may be surprised how little more you need.