If you asked me 5-10 years ago, ‘where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?’ My response would not have been planting weeds. Especially not with the care and determination Chris and I have put into our Milkweed Restoration Project for Monarch butterflies. However, milkweed species are being picked out of the national landscape and therefore directly impact the Monarch butterfly. Milk-“weeds” are actually a native perennial flowers vital to the Monarch butterflies survival.
So why help the Monarchs specifically from all the other butterflies you may wonder? (I know I did before setting out to plant milkweeds.) There are a number of practical reasons:
The Monarch butterflies and milkweeds, like other wildlife and plant life, need help from people like you and me who care about the ecology of the planet God has put into our hands to steward. There are ways you help even if you can’t plant a vast amount of area like we did. A simple potted container of native flowers is a great place to start – and don’t forget your milkweeds. Adding milkweed species to your perennial garden no matter what size you have to work with is a great way to help the Monarch butterfly along their migration. Your local bees, butterflies, and birds will thank you for it too! The Monarch Watch offers resources, registries, kits, and plans to help take a lot of the guesswork out of planting a Monarch butterfly garden. Check out the Monarch Waystation . If you want to do something bigger like a Monarch Watch Restoration Project you can find information there too.
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