Supporting Garden Allies: August Garden Tip

Nourish the workers! 

Allow stands of blooming wildflowers to flourish near your garden to attract pollinators and predatory insects.

Small basins to collect water in the garden provide a mid-meal break in blistering heat to beetles including ladybugs, as they fight the good fight on your behalf–and the birds like it, too, as they scour your garden for tomato hornworms and the like.

A rock pile near the garden can provide welcome shade for pest-eaters like small lizards and snakes.

And finally, cooling herbs like lemon balm, borage, chamomile, and mint make
delicious iced tea to reward yourself for caring for your plants in the heat!  You can also turn tea into versatile ice cubes for later use, recipe here.

Happy weeding!

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