2019 – The year of the milkweed!

So, several months back, I applied for a grant from monarchwatch.org. They are an organization that promotes conservation geared towards perpetuating the natural habitats of monarch butterflies. If you have 2 acres or more to devote to the project, you can apply for free milkweed plants! My application was approved and I received 4 flats containing 164 total plants!

SpeciesNumber
Asclepias incarnata (Swamp milkweed)50
Asclepias syriaca (Common milkweed)32
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)32
Asclepias verticillata (Whorled milkweed)50

The plants arrived on May 9, and I let them harden off for a week – 10 days before I planted any.

As of today, I have all of the incarnate in the ground, and several of the tuberose and verticillate planted as well. I plan on documenting the progress of the project here as the season goes on. Watch for photos and updates!

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