Caterpillars, Butterflies, + Gardening

Who doesn’t love Butterflies?

I asked this question on our Instagram page & I was surprised to hear that there are people who really don’t like caterpillars or butterflies. If you are one of them, then you may want to skip over this blog post.

My family really loves butterflies. We sort of stumbled into caterpillar rearing last summer. A friend of mine asked if I wanted a swallowtail caterpillar to watch eat our dill. No sooner had she asked, that I realized we had a few on our dill already! If you plant dill, make sure you inspect before consuming. You might have some little eggs or baby caterpillars on it!

Today, as I am getting ready to start milkweed seeds, I am reminiscing all of our little monarch caterpillar friends from last summer.

This is a quick montage of some of the videos and pictures from our monarch adventures of 2020

Did you know that milkweed is the sole food source for monarch caterpillars? Planting milkweed on your property can help monarchs and other beneficial insects.

Our farm property has a ton of native milkweed growing already. My kids really wanted to try out a couple of different varieties. When you start milkweed from seed, it needs to be cold stratified. If you are interested in trying this, your seed package should help to give you guidance. Remember, you need to count back from the last frost date.

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