Sorry for the long delay between episodes. I'm back and this episode is full of awesome content that will get you thinking about and growing milkweed plants.
NRCS.USDA.GOV link to Regional Pollinator Efforts - Monarch Butterfly NRCS encourages farmers to plant pollinator strips to help the monarch butterfly. Seeds recommended included eight species of native milkweed which would directly make a positive contribution to monarch butterfly habitat.
Featured news story: Destructive weed threatens U.S. corn fields Seeds received, in some cases, contained the noxious invasive weed called Palmer Amaranth. The plant is resistant to herbicides which translates to increased application of herbicide to curb the plants spread.
Lets dig a little deeper with a popular news story this summer titled: Why planting milkweed won’t halt monarch butterfly decline by the Washington Post. With the context presenter earlier could increased herbicide use be a problem for the fall migratory monarchs?
Butterfly counts may be higher this summer based on observations in the northern breeding grounds. Monarch Butterflies Flying High This Year After Recent Declines
Local milkweed report. Hint, it was a good year!
The time for action is now. With my help, I will guide you thru the process of growing strong healthy beautiful milkweed plants. Your homework is to collect those one gallon and half-gallon milk jugs (or chocolate milk jugs).
SAVE YOUR MILK JUGS! Next month we will use the plastic milk jugs as a tool to start growing milkweed plants in November. That's all for right now. As extra credit you can pick out your favorite milkweed. Click on your state, using this tool, to locate milkweed that is native to your area and follow the directions to find native milkweed.
"If it's good for the butterflies, it's good for me" -Brad G.
host: Brad Grimm
Detailed show notes : growmilkweedplants.com/28
Jewel milkweed. Join me as we go explore the plant in-person.
Host: Brad Grimm
Vocabulary word: Phenology
Cautionary tale of blindness. Milkweed sap poses a serious health risk to humans. Learn about the risks and how to safely work with milkweed.
Milkweed Madness 2017 winners have received their prizes. I'll tell you what the prizes were, who donated some of the prizes and what you can do to make Milkweed Madness even greater in 2018.
Monarch butterflies have advanced north and are passing thru southern Maine and have reached Canada, spread out around the great lakes region. Check out the observation by Jaremy in Harpswell, Maine.
Book recommendation - The MONARCH: Saving Our Most-Loved Butterfly by Kylee Baumle. The book is currently sold thru Amazon. Please visit my affiliate link to purchase the book. By using my link to purchase the book, I receive a small portion of your purchase, thank you.
Host: Brad Grimm
Show notes will be published at www.growmilkweedplants.com/26
Vocabulary word: DIAPAUSE
REGISTER NOW FOR MILKWEED MADNESS 2017 (press and hold here for link)
Visit growmilkweedplants.com/milkweedmadness game registration closes on March 12 at midnight.
host: Brad G.