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Garden book review: How to help monarch butterflies

Sally and George Peterson are DIY gardeners who have transformed a rough hillside with a lake view into a tree-laden landscape with organic vegetables and herbs growing in raised planter beds and a greenhouse.

On their Ashland property, 225 trees, mostly native and drought tolerant, provide shade, fall color and berries for birds. They have also planted 200 shrubs and 3,000 bulbs, and installed a filter system to catch rainwater.

We gave Sally Peterson a stack of garden-related books and asked her if the information would help other DIYers in the Pacific Northwest. Here is one of her reviews:

 

“The Monarch: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly” by Kylee Baumle ($18.95, St. Lynn’s Press): This is a book of concern, a book of hope, a book packed with incredible information. Baumle’s prose is passionate and a helpful guide to protecting one of the premier pollinators on our earth.

She notes that monarchs once numbered in the billions, but their population has decreased 90 percent in the last two decades. The challenges facing monarchs include climate change, the  desire for pristine landscaping and the use of pesticides.

To counteract the potential feeling of hopelessness and despair, Baumle provides us with very specific actions we can do to help support and reestablish this beautiful species. Suggestions include creating pollinator-friendly gardens, planting more milkweed, educating our children (who are particularly receptive), and replenishing tree growth in the overwintering area in Mexico, a huge project that has already begun.

There is an entire section that provides clearly written plans for specific projects for our homes, gardens and classrooms.

The 160-page book by the monarch expert and nature blogger begins with detailed information about monarch butterflies. Baumle clearly describes how to positively identify monarchs and to distinguish them from imposters. The life cycle is clearly outlined. There is an amazing section just on migration.

Throughout the guide, there are fascinating facts and “Did You Know” sections. On almost every page, there are gorgeous and extremely crisp photos that enhance the written content.

— Sally Peterson

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Article source: http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2017/08/monarch_baumle_st_lynns_press.html