We have an acre of land. 130 feet of frontage and 330 feet of depth approximately. The majority of the perimeter has been left to Mother Nature. When we first moved in there were a lot of cultivars. Over time I have allowed Mother Nature to do the planting. I remove invasives when I detect them with the exception of Mulberries which sustain so many of the songbirds we get like American Robin, Oriole, Northern Cardinal, etc. I also allow the Rose of Sharon which was here 25 years ago when we arrived, to self propigate because it feeds hummingbirds, bumble bees and many solitary bees. We have patches of Common Milkweed, Goldenrod, Black-Eyed Susan, New England Aster, Teasel, Thistle, etc. The aforementioned being popular choices for many butterflies, moths, bees and wasps. We have documented Zebra, Giant and Black Swallowtail, Monarch, Silver Spotted Skipper, Crescents, Painted Lady, Clear-Wing Moths. We have never used chemicals and plant our vegetable garden with organic seed each year for the past 8 years. Many years ago, I was privileged to attend a lecture with Jane Goodall. When asked by a member of the audience what the average person could do to help Nature, her suggestion was, "to leave the edges wild and allow Nature to thrive there." I took this to heart and have been richly rewarded.
Latitude: 42.2 Longitude: -82.9
Observed by: Laura
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