The Monarch Butterfly and Milkweed Connection

The Monarch Butterfly and Milkweed Connection

For every part of America, there is a milkweed you can plant for your area.

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/Monarch_Butterfly/documents/MilkweedInfoSheet.pdf has has great photos and information.

Monarchs must have their host plant, Milkweed, to survive!

The bitter taste of Milkweed deters birds from eating Monarchs.

Now, is the time to gather Milkweed seeds in your garden.  Once gathered, don’t forget to plant them!  These seeds require winter’s cold temperatures in order to sprout next spring.

Share your surplus seeds with your community!

Cities and towns across America are planting Milkweed seeds throughout their communities to help save the Monarchs.

Contact your garden club, Department of Transportation, schools and churches.  Ask them how they would like to participate in the effort to save the Monarch Butterfly.  Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper.

The photo of this Milkweed, taken in my garden, is a tropical variety.

Have you ever collected Milkweed seeds from your plants?  If so, you know it can be a challenge.

The latest issue of the Xerces newsletter  enewsletter@xerces.org has an interesting article, Harvesting Milkweed Seed:  A Pod and a Plan.  You may may want to try some of their ideas in your own garden.

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.  To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.  — Alfred Austin —

Book Nook

Gardening for Butterflies:  How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful Beautiful, Benefical Insects  http://amzn.to/2fSsgnb by The Xerces Society, is an excellent book.  It doesn’t matter whether you are new to gardening or an old hand!

When you click on the Amazon link above, be sure to check their used books section for great prices.  You may also get free shipping.

Monarch Butterfly Milkweed Website

I am including the Forest Service link below, so you too can use it as a reference.  I must admit I am a novice and often turn to resources created by others.

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/Monarch_Butterfly/documents/MilkweedInfoSheet.pdf

Getting Settled in Nebraska

My move from Florida to Nebraska has meant a change in climate, plus moving from a travel trailer into an apartment.

Eleanor (90 years young) and I have been busy checking out all the local thrift stores.  We have set up housekeeping on a shoestring!

Thanks for dropping by.    Kathleen