Last fall I asked gardeners to submit a short voice memo about their “why” for gardening. I was hoping to create an episode that showcased you, the listener. While I didn’t quite get the number of recordings as I was hoping for, I was delighted to receive the ones that were sent and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to them and putting this episode together! It couldn’t have come together without y’all!
If you’ve ever thought growing milkweed for the monarchs seemed to be a difficult task, then this episode is for you. While some milkweed species are available commercially at nurseries, many species that are endemic to each of our own backyards can be more difficult to find. And if you are able to find those in seed form, knowing how to germinate them with success can even be trickier!
I first came across Brad Grimm on Twitter when I was still using the social media site. He became interested in growing milkweed for the monarch butterflies after a disappointing trip to a California roost site in 2013 and has been working to establish and expand his own milkweed population since then. In addition, he is working to provide an educational resource for others attempting to do the same thing.
This episode pairs well with Episode 3-10 where I discuss my experience raising monarch butterflies. I learned several interesting things in this podcast in regards to other germination techniques and I think I will be giving a few a try soon!
Be sure to check out the show notes below and to sign up for milkweed madness!
+Grow Milkweed Plants
+Brad’s post about water germination of milkweed
+@growmilkweed on Twitter
+Grow Milkweed Plants on Facebook
+Grow Milkweed Plants Group on Facebook.
+Trudi’s Winter Sowing website
A couple of weeks ago the Native Plant Podcast had Ian Caton of Wood Thrush Native Plant Nursery on their show and I found the episode fascinating. I clicked over to Ian’s website and found myself falling down the rabbit hole of the interesting native plants he had for sale and was happy to see he had seeds for sale as well. Priced as a reasonable $2 a packet, I couldn’t help but use some Christmas giftcard money to stock up on some native seeds for spring! This episode covers the seeds I ordered, similar to Episode 3-13: All the Seeds. The show notes link directly to the plants I ordered on his website. I just placed an order with Prairie Moon Nursery so there’s a good chance I’ll be recording another episode about that order in a few weeks!
Until then, happy growing!
Music: “New Day” by Lee Rosevere
+Gaillardia aestivalis var. aestivalis