LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Chris Olsen from Botanica Gardens always has great advice on home and gardening projects.
Most of us love butterflies in the garden, but with the hot summer and lack of flowers, they may not visit your garden. Butterflies feed on nectar and get their nutrients from soil, rotting manure and fruit. They also feed from hummingbird feeders but usually that nectar is too thick for them plus they have trouble inserting their feeding tube, or proboscis, into it for a drink. Chris likes to make his own 'Buttlerfly Snack" and pour it onto a sponge or paper towels in a saucer. Or you can sprinle some over a dish or sand or soil. Butterflies will land on the surface and can easily sip the nutrient-rich liquid.
Stir a 20 oz. sports drink (Chris uses Vitaminwater) and 2 cups of sugar together in a pan. Bring the mix to a boil and remove it from the heat. After it cools, add 2 Tbsp. of regular soy sauce. Serve immediately. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three months in a covered jar or container.
Check out the video for step-by-step instructions! And you can always visit Chris at Botanica Gardens, located at 1601 Rebsamen Park Road, for help on any gardening projects.