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#418: How to Grow a Butterfly Garden - [Steve Craig and Amy Short]

In This Episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show

#418: How to Grow a Butterfly Garden - [Steve Craig and Amy Short] In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Steve Craig and Amy Short of Fishin' Magic about how to start, maintain and be successful at growing a butterfly garden.

Steve & Amy have decades of experience when it comes to teaching others about butterfly gardening and the wonders it can bring. On their public speaking tour they mix their knowledge of butterflies, gardening and some magic to drive home the point of why you should be growing one.

Steve & Amy are going to teach us what makes up a butterfly garden, some of the resources you need to look into to make sure you are planting the right flowers, veggies and herbs to attract butterflies, and some of the challenges you will face along the way.

From there Steve & Amy will demo a couple of their magic tricks they use in their public speaking shows, the common mistakes new butterfly gardeners make and the one characteristic you must have in order to grow a successful butterfly garden.

This, and so much more, on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!

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Here's What We'll Cover in this week's episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show

  • What is a butterfly garden and why should we grow one
  • What are some challenges when designing and maintaining a butterfly garden
  • Which part of the life cycle should be considered the most when designing a butterfly garden
  • How do butterfly gardens help organisms and ecosystems
  • What plants would you recommend that would surprise people
  • How do you watch butterflies and for what reasons would you do so
  • How do you use magic to communicate and educate people about butterfly gardening
  • What are some common mistakes people make when attempting to grow a butterfly garden

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About this episode's guests, Steve Craig & Amy Short

#418: How to Grow a Butterfly Garden - [Steve Craig and Amy Short] We met while working together in a hospital and got married in 1985.

We’ve been happily married 15 out of the last 32 years. We swam away from real jobs and started our business in 1988. We live in southwest Missouri. When we are not working on our fish shtick, you can find us canoeing an Ozarks stream and fishing for whatever is biting.

Amy Short
Details. That’s what I contribute to the business. Whether it’s meticulously creating props, critiquing performances or navigating our travels. Steve would be “lost” without me. Or at least, that’s what I like to believe. My performing career started early with childhood skits and school plays. I even entertained friends and family with a few magic tricks.

The story goes that I first uttered the word, “fish,” when I asked for one from Santa. While growing up in Missouri, I spent family vacations camping, canoeing and fishing.

After graduating from the University of Missouri, I worked as an occupational therapist in the mental health field. Then one day I said to Steve, “Let’s don’t wait until we’re sitting in our rocking chairs to try the magic business.”

Steve Craig
Performer. My love of performing began when I was twelve and performed my first show. I created my first major illusion using cardboard boxes and my wagon then sawed my younger brother in half. My joy of creating new tricks continues today but I need Amy to revise my big ideas into practical solutions. I also entertained people when I played sports during my youth.

After earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology, I decided that the best way I could help people was to entertain them and make them laugh.

And of course, I like to fish and I especially enjoy fly-fishing for trout, smallmouth bass and compliments.

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