A small backyard garden can serve as an oasis for pollinators, including bees and butterflies. “My message is that you should plant gardens,” said Karen Oberhauser, director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, during a webinar.
Monarch butterflies are an important pollinator species experiencing declining populations. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, threats include loss of breeding habitat, loss of overwintering habitat in Mexico, changes in weather patterns and other factors.
One of the most important aspects of gardening is knowing when to plant. However, it can be difficult to know the exact time to begin planting in order for a garden to fully flourish throughout the growing season.
It’s a chilly, wet and windy day — enough to remind us that winter still isn’t too far in the rearview mirror. But inside a new 6-acre building on West Calvert Street in South Bend, Matt Gura is keeping a close watch over a sea of baby plants that fill a greenhouse about the size of two big-box retailers, or 174,000 square feet.