Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | November 2, 2013

Spreading Milkweed Seeds Today

Today, the day after the meadow was mowed; I helped the Monarch Butterflies by spreading the Milkweeds seeds. Milkweed plants are the only place the Monarchs will lay their eggs.

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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

The number of monarch butterflies has steadily dropped around 80 percent or more by some estimates in the past 15 years, barely recovering from the lowest plummet in 2009 to 2010. The good news is that home gardeners can help offset the threat simply by planting milkweed or building way-stations to offset the loss of milkweed habitats.

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At the height of our garden, we saw dozens of Monarchs from capillary to butterflies. Unfortunately our Monarch way station took a big hit during the big flooding. Our milkweed population was decimated as were most of the Monarch host plants that I had planted through the years. So we are starting over again.

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Butterfly bush in its prime in our meadow.

Like the Bluebirds, that were in trouble but have come back through individual’s grassroots efforts with Bluebird Trails, we can help save the Monarch butterflies as well.

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Plant milkweeds. Do what you can please!

Small House / Big Sky Donna

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