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Bombs for Butterflies


Green Lifestyle  (tags: butterflies, conservation, CoolStuff, eco-friendly, environment, garden, greenliving, humans, protection, Sustainabililty )

Kathy
- 149 days ago - onearth.org
If the key to saving monarchs is growing more milkweed, why aren't we walking around with pockets full of seed? `



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Ann K. (112)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 3:48 am
I plant milkweed around my house, my community butterfly garden and have plants on hand to give to family members and whoever wants them. I see monarchs everyday.
 

Enrico H. (7)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 6:02 am
thanks for sharing
 

Terry H. (13)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 7:33 am
Love the title of the article ;)
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 9:54 am
Thank you Kathy.
 

Christine A. (57)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 1:09 pm
Thanks, Kathy. I have had milkweed plants in my garden for some years and this last couple of years I have not seen a Monarch nor have I had eggs on the milkweed plants. Very sad. ( I live in the Province of Quebec, Canada).
 

Birgit W. (152)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 1:29 pm
I am getting the following message: "404: Page Not Found. The OnEarth webpage you are looking for is not at this location.
We do not only have no Monarch's or bees anymore, but also there are no crickets to listen to this summer. Very disturbing.
 

Dave C. (227)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 2:03 pm
seed bombs for butterflies and bees!
 

Stella Gambardella (185)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 4:25 pm
Aiutiamole altrimenti anche loro spariranno! Piantiamo e spargiamo tanti semi. Grazie per la condivisione
 

Kathy B. (103)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 4:54 pm
Thanks Birgit, I just searched for the article on the site and was led to this link:

http://www.onearth.org/articles/2014/07/lets-bomb-the-midwest-with-milkweed-seeds

Maybe they moved the article?
 

Bonnie Lynn M. (1)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 5:08 pm
I found the article at http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-07-24/bombs-for-butterflies

Interesting. I put in 3 plants this spring and hope that they will seed themselves. I also plan to take cuttings next spring, but here in Central Texas it's a totally different plant from the one I remember from having grown up in Central Massachusetts.
 

Dan(iel)) M. (25)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 5:43 pm
Noted
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday July 30, 2014, 6:59 pm
Until our government controls the use of pesticides I doubt that growing milkweed will solve the problem.
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (44)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 12:35 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 4:31 am
ty
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 8:28 am
Great title!
 

Ruth S. (298)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 10:55 am
Anything to help the little creatures.
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 5:12 pm
Milkweeds are considered very useful in our garden here in Queensland... we witness many caterpillars on them and equally have many monarchs around. Go forth and multiply yourself :)
 

Julie P. (149)
Thursday July 31, 2014, 9:57 pm
Monarchs,bees, and all wildlife need more pesticide free habitat. I have gardens all over my lot and most of my front lawn has been converted from grass to gardens. Every year I let my native perennials seed and the following spring, as Ann mentioned, I give away seedlings to a multitude of people (along with a lecture about the importance of organic gardening). Even people who have never gardened before get really excited about free plants.

I read an interesting post on the Ecological Gardening website a while ago which asked how many different types of plants you grow. I started counting, and I have over 200 on just over a 1/4 acre. So there lots you can do to promote biodiversity on your property.

I have numerous Butterfly Weed plants (Monarch caterpillar host in the milkweed family). So far this year I've seen 3 Monarchs in my garden.

Thanks Kathy! I'm thinking I'm going to start giving away seed bombs with my seedlings.
 

Debra G. (0)
Friday August 1, 2014, 12:12 am
Please note in the NRDC article that only the milkweed species native to each region should be used.
 

Marija Mohoric (47)
Sunday August 3, 2014, 6:13 am
noted, ty for sharing
 
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