Please Don’t Weed the Milkweed

Kim, a kindred spirit who loves gardening and butterflies as we do, shares important information on our declining butterfly populations in this timely post. Each of us can make a difference by growing the host and nectar plants butterflies depend upon in our own gardens. This is just the most recent in a series of excellent posts on butterflies. Please visit Kim’s blog for more excellent gardening information and exciting photography. And, Please! Don’t weed the milkweed!

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Common Milweed Asclepias syriaca ©Kim Smith 2014Once established, native Common Milkweed grows vigorously and rambunctiously, making itself known even in the thinnest of sidewalk cracks. Here’s a patch growing along East Main Street. I think it beautiful! What do you think?

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If you caught Tom Ashbrook’s On Point broadcast on NPR yesterday morning you heard Doctor Lincoln Brower, Karen Oberhausser, and Rick Mikula, three of the world’s leading butterfly experts, speaking about the disappearance of the Monarch and the main reason why–most notably because of the sterilization of the American landscape through the use Monsanto’s Roundup and GMO corn and soybean crops.

The following is a list of a few suggestions on ways in which we can all help turn the tide:

Plant milkweed and wildflowers. Teach members of your family and friends what milkweed looks like and why we don’t want to weed it out of the garden. The above patch of milkweed is growing next to a shop on…

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