07/13/2012 in gardening
Due to the Monarch butterfly coming under attack by Ortho, I feel like it’s time to revisit this post originally posted at myspace on August 2009.
incredible multi-generational migration
While the monarch may not be the prettiest butterfly to visit the middle Georgia garden, it certainly has the most impressive story…. Every school child knows the story of the monarch’s incredible journey, this blog post concerns making sure our garden plays a supporting role….
Even freshly hatched, the cats are all over the milkweed.
Here’s one that is soon to build a chrysalis, but before it does, it took a good look at the neighborhood… it ate leaves from 4 different butterfly-weed plants, I caught up with it as it dozed on a sassfrass leaf.
If one is lucky enough to already have butterflyweed in the garden, probably the easiest way to propagate is through root cuttings. Very scary stuff… asclepias tuberosa has one root… dig it in the spring and cut an inch of root from the bottom, plant the original, plus the new cutting.(s)…
The cutting should develop into a new plant within the month…
I’ve been grouping my milkweeds, it helps the monarchs find them… This should surprise no-one… After all, big fields of a single crop creates conditions favourable to the “bad bugs”….
Is your garden a welcome center to this amazing traveler?
How many kinds of milkweeds do you grow in your garden?
Searching “free milkweed seed” on google will immediately turn up numerous offers, if you don’t have a stand of milkweeds yet.
There are an amazing array of milkweeds native to Georgia.
Chemicals are bad in the butterfly garden
It’s absurd that Ortho thought that the monarch caterpillar was a good example of the bad bugs that people needed to be killing.
I don’t think that it’s that far-fetched, though. When you consider that those poisons kill all the bugs in the garden, good bugs, neutral ones, as well as the bugs that compete with us for the munchies.
Having the very desirable monarch caterpillar on the bag was probably a good warning about what the gardener was losing by using the product… fair warning and all that.
These chemical companies are dealing in dangerous substances, and have gotten rather blase’ about what they are doing.
It hasn’t been that long since Scotts was fined for selling poisoned bird food, and the NWF was fixing to go into a partnership with them!
Please tell me about your efforts to attract monarch butterflies to your garden in the space provided below.