We were visited at the Garden Patch over the weekend by Denise B. Denise is working to encourage the re-introduction of monarch butterflies to the area, and thus gifting her neighbours with milkweed plants.
Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. With shifting land management practices, we have lost much milkweed from the landscape.Planting milkweed is a great way to help other pollinators too, as they provide valuable nectar resources to a diverse suite of bees and butterflies. We will be planting our milkweed in our butterfly beds at the Garden Patch.
If you are interested in planting milkweed to help the Monarchs, visit http://www.prairieoriginals.com.
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