Once you have a butterfly garden in place an important feature to add is a water source. You can entice more butterflies to visit your garden by adding a butterfly puddling station.

Many species of butterflies congregate on wet sand and mud to partake in “puddling”, drinking water, and extracting minerals from damp puddles.


Create a Puddling Station


  • A 12, 14, or 16-inch Terracotta Clay Saucer
  • Small bag of Play Sand
  • Small bag of Compost Manure
  • Sea Salt
  • Rocks
  • Water


  • Fill the clay saucer ¾ of the way full of sand.
  • Mix 1/2 cup of Compost Manure into the sand and blend.
  • Mix 1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt to the sand and compost manure.
  • Add a few rocks to the clay saucer.
  • Add water. Use enough water to make the mixture moist and form a shallow puddle in a low spot.
  • You will need to add water every couple of days.
  • After a month you will need to discard the mixture and start fresh.
  • You can also add some slices of fruit to the puddling station (oranges, apples, and bananas).