Debbie Roberts pleads with you to plant perennials, trees, and shrubs that butterflies need to reproduce.
"If you are trying to attract more butterflies to your garden, the first thing you need to understand is that more butterfly bushes do not mean more butterflies. Yes, butterflies do feed on the nectar of butterfly bushes but that’s where the attraction ends. The real key to having more butterflies in your garden is to find out which of the more than 700 species of butterflies in North America are common to your region. Once you know which butterflies are likely to visit your garden, you can start making of a list of appropriate plants to entice them into making your garden their home."
And Michele Owens warns of inorganic fertilizers (or any at all) when you can produce free fertilizer on your own via mulch and water -- i.e. feed the soil microbes. I guess this is what happens when a chemical company contacts a green blog before doing much research about said blog.
- The Haber-Bosch synthesis that allows you to manufacture artificial nitrogen from the air requires intense heat and wastes colossal amounts of energy.
- Plants often can't use these mega doses of nitrogen all in one go.
- The excess nitrogen turns into nitrous oxide, a powerful greenhouse gas.
- The runoff from excess nitrogen is causing giant dead zones in our oceans.
- Artificial nitrogen sets up a vicious cycle that depletes to the soil's ability to store carbon and nitrogen.
- Edible plants raised on artificial nitrogen taste like complete crap.