Day after day we hear in the news about how one person can’t make a difference in our world.
Are you ready to make a huge difference by doing something very small?
The Monarch butterfly and other pollinators need our help. Desperately.
You can help by planting milkweed.
Milkweed has been virtually eliminated on America’s farms due to the over use of pesticides such as Roundup.
The butterfly, and other important pollinators, feed on milkweed, lay their eggs on milkweed and go through their caterpillar metamorphous phase on milkweed.
You may recall that I am a huge proponent of buying local and organic. There are many reasons that I do this. First and foremost I do it for the health of my family. But other factors include that the aggressive use of pesticides in non organic farming are slowing killing our pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Pesticide is rampant in our soil and the run off pollutes our water.
People say they cannot afford organic. Not to be Dolly Doomsday, but medical treatment for various diseases is far more expensive versus buying a $5 bag of organic produce over a $2 bag. Not to mention the organic tastes so much better because its growing cycle is not forced. Flavor develops naturally.
Organic strawberries, which are currently in season, need no sugar. They are red right through.
If we lose the pollinators we also lose the ground nesting birds and small mammals that also share the butterflies habitat. In turn if we lose those creatures we then lose the predators that feed on them and the downward cycle continues. Simply put, if we lose plant integrity the ecosystem suffers.
There is an excellent video that covers the migration area of the Monarch butterflies, why they are in danger and how you can easily help. It is worth the watch.
My garden is taking forever to get under control because we are killing off aggressive monkey grass and vines the old fashioned way… by pulling/digging it all out by hand. I hope by next spring to plant a variety of milkweed that matches the color palette of my garden.
Antelope Horns milkweed is native to Texas. It is a soft green and white.
Milkweed reminds me a bit of hydrangea. I love swamp milkweed that does well in moist environments like in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Here is an excellent site than can aide you in your search for milkweed that is native to the area in which you live.
If you can’t get on board with growing milkweed our pollinators and butterflies also need lilies and other nectar flowers which is their food source. You can simply google “How to plant a butterfly garden” and many sites are available. The National Wildlife Federation is the site I read.
So will you plant weeds to help make a huge difference?
“And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” ~ Genesis 1:30