Jane Perrone of On The Ledge talks about a project she launched on her podcast: the Houseplant Sow-along! She and her listeners started growing houseplants from seed earlier this year, and the community has been sharing their progress on Instagram and Facebook. Jane discusses her new hobby and explains why propagating from seed can actually result in sturdier, healthier houseplant specimens.Read More
In this Episode 9 outtake, Colleen talks about saving seed from basil plants. And in an extra, Linda Wall of the Natural Gardener shares her tips for freezing seeds — the correct way!Read More
What's the deal with milkweed and monarchs? Why is tropical milkweed controversial? And if you live in Texas, what other perennials will attract Monarchs to your garden?
Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) migrate thousands of miles each year, and their round-trip annual journey takes four or five generations to complete. Milkweeds (genus Asclepias) are the sole group of host plants for this butterfly. In other words, the milkweed plant is an essential nursery for Monarchs: it is the only plant on which the butterfly will lay eggs, and the only food source for Monarch caterpillars. Monarchs cannot complete metamorphosis without milkweeds!Read More