Ina Lukas, one of the owners of the Blooming Valley Nursery, shows how to create a habitat for butterflies. Providing food, water and shelter is the key. Plants of the milkweed genus, verbena bonariensis and butterfly bush serve as sources of food, while trees and grasses protect butterflies from extreme heat and sun during "roosting," the rest period that lasts for up to 14 hours each day.
The vegetable garden isn't just that square in the backyard anymore. Mark Dwyer of Rotary Gardens in Janesville demonstrates how to combine functionality with beauty in big and small spaces. Possible choices for an edible wall include nasturtium, hibiscus, Society Garlic, bronze fennel, parsley, scented geranium, hot peppers, Swiss chard, "Pesto Perpetuo" basil and "Black Pearl" pepper.
Aronia has long been used as an ornamental shrub in the landscape. Now it turns out to be highly edible, tasty and nutritious. We visit Carandale Farm in Oregon where Dale Secher is doing research on a number of non-traditional fruits. Aronia is one of the winners.
Professor of Environmental Studies at Lawrence University Jeff Clark talks about university gardens that put food on the tables in dining halls. Students grow vegetables and compost food prep waste, maintaining environmentally friendly gardens.