Free Milkweed Seeds

monarch-800I had a bumper crop of milkweed seeds from last year that I’d be glad to share. The seeds are Tropical Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. Plant on top of the soil and keep warm and moist to start. If you start these inside, you can get a a head start on spring. Plant when all danger of frost is gone – usually around May 1st in St. Louis Missouri.
Send a SASE – Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to:

Free Milkweed Seeds
9016 Robyn Rd
St. Louis, MO 63126

The best way to start these seeds is with bottom heat. 
I also put them on top of the soil and cover them with plastic so they don’t dry out.

Here’s the procedure I use.

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Feb. 2nd – America in Bloom

america-in-bloom-logoBill Ruppert, America in Bloom leader in Kirkwood Missouri, will be sharing a program on how the America in Bloom program works and what benefits it has for our community.

Here’s what they are doing at KirkwoodinBloom.org

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Tuesday – Feb. 2nd

Place: Crestwood City Hall – 1 Detjen Drive
Crestwood, MO 63126

FREE Milkweed Seeds for all attending!

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Feb. 8th – Pollinator Pow Wow

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Bill Ruppert’s Plant Picks

Bill Ruppert, one of the areas best known plant experts and speakers has a list of what he calls, “Bill’s choice perennial plant PICKS for lower Midwest landscapes and gardens.”

I’ve grown many of Bill’s plant recommendations, but haven’t tried some of his new cultivars. I’d recommend you give them a try this coming year. Click here for the complete list.

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Cold Stratification in the Refrigerator

I tried the three month cold stratification in the refrigerator for a number of seeds. I use 2/3 peat moss and 1/3 fine sand and then made sure it was moist. After 3 months I took it out of the refrigerator and then made the mistake of leaving it on one of my tables for a couple of weeks. As you can see below, the seeds were ready to sprout. My “Lesson Learned” is that as soon as you pull your seeds out of the refrigerator, put them in a pot so they can sprout.

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Community Garden – Gateway Greening

I’m using this page to keep notes on the process that the new Grants View Library is using to create their own community garden. As we have more meetings, I will add more notes.

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Overview

  • Matt Even is the coordinator for Gateway Greening and the Library
  • They put in eight to ten new gardens every year and help with many more.
  • They lead and guide the group, but the group determines exactly how it is to be run.
  • The group decides how it wants to handle any money.
  • Pear Tree Inn – garden near this – check out.
  • 3871 Bell 63108 – Demo garden
  • They do use treated lumber from Fehlig Brothers. He says this is the only company in St. Louis which has this particular type of lumber – treated with copper.
  • Garden Project Guidebook – this is what they use.
  • The Library Site – is a “Cadillac” – it already has water, land etc. Most of the work has already been done.
  • The Missouri Foundation for Health is funding this project.
  • They have room for 45 gardens at the library – usually 4’x 8′ or 4’x 10′

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Treated Wood for Vegetable Beds

If you take advice from  Rodale’s Organic Life, you won’t use any sort of treated lumber for your garden beds.

Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) is a type of treated lumber that is not allowed for residential use since Dec. 31, 2003.

There are many other choices that the industry uses. Here are some articles about these choices and their possible health issues.

Wood Prices- 2″ x 12″ x 8′ three pieces

$27- Prime Kiln-Dried Southern Yellow Pine

$45 – Cedar-Tone Pressure-Treated Lumber – MCA – Micronized Copper Azole

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This Old House Video – Cedar

http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20263013,00.html

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Pine – 4 x 4 Raised Bed

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