137. Gardening to Attract Birds and Butterflies | Earth Friendly LK Landscape Design | Linda Kelso

Linda Kelso created an e-course  called  Gardening to Attract Birds and Butterflies.

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Gardening to Attract Birds and Butterflies Udemy E-Course

My testimonial on the Udemy page!

“Linda has done a great job of explaining in simple steps how to bring more beneficial insects, birds and butterflies etc into your garden making it a wonderful place to be. Her easy action steps will change the landscape of your garden quickly but with improvements you will benefit from for years to come.” -Jackie Marie Beyer from The Organic Gardener Podcast

Returning from episode 85 is Linda Kelso from LK Landscape Design in Pittsburg, PA. If you haven’t gone to Linda’s website  LK Landscape Design I really want to encourage you to visit because it’s really come a long way and has some great blog posts!

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I was reading about Winter Burn I had never heard of before that was really interesting! And almost everybody has a landscape, so learning things you can do in your landscape apply to just about all of us! Linda has a new course called  Gardening to Attract Birds and Butterflies the’s going to tell us about today! She gave me a free peak and the videos are beautiful and awesome! I learned a ton!

Gardening To Attract Birds and Butterflies Udemy Ecourse

Thanks! I appreciate all the kind comments. So my course is called  Gardening to Attract Birds and Butterflies. It’s really focused on helping homeowners or anyone who has access to an outdoor space, even if it’s a balcony or a rooftop garden or maybe like a shared garden in the city.

It’s about how to turn that space into something that will support and attract birds, and butterflies and  other beneficial insects! I do that through teaching people how to do very simple, practical and fun DIY projects. Guiding them through the kind of plants to plant and how birds and butterflies look at your yard which is a little bit different from how we look at it!

I think that one of the key things that you said there was simple and Do – It – Yourself. And they’re simple enough even I can do them! I liked the way you had really easy action steps and  the worksheets that you could download. I know on your website it has that great place where you could see all the things that are offered. There was tons of stuff about the class itself.

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The course is hosted on a website called Udemy. You can do a search for   Gardening to Attract Birds and ButterfliesWhen you’re there on the course page all the descriptions are all there… you can even view the first 3 lectures for free and they will give you an overview of the entire course, even if you are not signed up for  Udemy.

Linda Kelso Course Syllabus

So it talks about they’re not only gonna

*Increase vegetable and fruit yields in your garden
*Notice fewer pests attacking your plants
*Save money by eliminating or reducing pesticide use
*Reduce the number of mosquitoes who call your yard their home

Not just how to get fewer pests, which I know has been a big concern but it’s gonna talk to you about how to get those beneficials insects and bugs and butterflies in there that are gonna keep your landscape healthier…. probably the biggest theme is 

soil health

it pretty much all comes down to that … It also says you can save money by eliminating the cost of pesticides! And a big one my parents will be big on is reducing mosquitoes … I know my dad came once, and he said “in NY we keep the mosquitos outside” … so I guess we must have had mosquitos on the porch or something…. I love the worksheet thinking about , I was watching the part about the Monarch Butterflies and since they are on the endangered species list and where lay their eggs….

The one thing I was thinking about when you were talking about all that is that the reason people might see some of those benefits that you mentioned is because when we look at the backyard, we see plants and grass and trees and flowers and to us it looks really nice. But your backyard is a busy community and the animals are all depending on each other and so if one part of that community is missing other parts of that community can gt out of control… you might see a reduction in pests is because birds and other insects feed on these and so if you are attracting those kinds of birds and those kinds of insects they’re like a natural defense and they ‘re keeping that kind of bad pest population under control…

So in the course what I am trying to do is, especially in the introduction and a lot of the other lectures is teach people to look at their yards as more then plants or landscape and see it as a community of  interactive web of animals you can start encouraging animals into your yard that are gonna benefit the community as a whole and that are ultimately gonna benefit of you too. 

And that’s exactly the idea we want to convey to listeners. Do you want to give some basic steps on how to get started?

I’ll give a sneak preview of one of the lectures.

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