You may remember that at the end of last summer I worked with my nephew Lucas to rip out my entire wildlife garden because too many invasive plants had taken over.

I had to make some choices about what plants could stay, and which ones had to go. In some cases, the invasive plants were smothering everything, so entire areas had to be wiped clean.

And then I sat down to make a plan for what wildlife I wanted to focus on in this small city garden. Since I don’t have a lot of space, I’m going to focus on butterflies and plant lots of host plants and nectar plants to support as many butterflies as I can.

Earlier this month we spent several days pulling out more invasive plants and setting up the salvaged wrought iron fence to divide the yard into two areas: one for my wildlife garden, and the other part for my Plott Hounds.

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