WANTED: Adopt Newbies Butterflies/Pollinators
Last year we had fantastic success with threads that brought newbies together with those who were already growing milkweeds. Over on the Butterfly Forum, some of us are hoping to expand on that theme and share all kinds of seeds from plants that could be nectar or host sources for a broad range of insects and birds. I wanted to at least get folks thinking early enough that they would have a chance to collect as much seed as possible this season. By sharing seeds and planting home grown sprouts, we can avoid the systemic pesticides that many growers have begun using with devastating results for pollinators.
If you would like to help, or have suggestions of seeds that would enhance gardens for pollinators, post here and list the types of seeds you will try to collect. That will help others get an idea of how they can help. I'll be saving:
Zinnias (single blooms)
Tithonia (Mexican Sunflower)
Liatris (several varieties)
Joe Pye Weed
This list is far from exhaustive. I look forward to many more posters with more ideas. Together we can turn the pollinator problem around, and enjoy the miracles of nature and the warmth of sharing.