There just isn’t enough milkweed!
The monarch butterfly numbers have plummeted, and experts tell us it is habitat loss due to bad weather(climate change), mono-cultures of corn and soybeans, and pesticides.
Why can’t you purchase common milkweed at garden stores? The experts say we should be planting common milkweed. For the past two summers I have been trying to purchase milkweed. Even native plant stores say, “Our supplier doesn’t carry common milkweed” They consider it a weed.
For years I have been scattering seeds, but have not seen any results.
A garden store 3 hours from my home dug some out of their garden for me. It was wilted by the time I was able to get it planted, but I cut it off and stuck in the ground. Two weeks later it has some new growth and I am thrilled.
The last few years a monarch sighting was special, but this year, I can count on one hand the number of monarchs I have seen on my daily walks. We all need to act!
What can we all do?
- Tell garden stores you would like to purchase common milkweed, and to please find a source so they can sell it to their customers.
- Plant other plants the monarchs love: Liatris, cone flowers, hyssop, butterflyweed, swamp milkweed and many smelly orange and yellow flowers.
- Reduce the amount of turf grass in your yard, and if possible just leave some wild areas for the birds, bees and butterflies. Bees and butterflies love dandelions
- Do not use chemicals, especially neonicotinoid pesticides.
- Use as many organic food products as you can, and buy local.
http://www.startribune.com/local/215176011.html Monarch butterfly numbers down sharply