I’m making plans for the 2016 season. If you have a school that would like to start a butterfly garden, have them contact me. ButterflyGardeningorg@gmail.com
Feb. 22 – Plant Milkweed Seeds – Airport Elementary – all of first grade
Feb. 25 – Airport Elementary – two kindergarten classes – Butterflies and plant seeds
March 10 – Concord Elementary – PEGS – plant seeds.
April 12 – 6:30 p.m. Weldon Spring Interpretive Center – Gardening for Monarchs
April 23 – 10 a.m. – Crestwood Comm. Center – Gardening for Monarch Butterflies
May 2 – GSA-South – 70 first graders + plant seeds + 3 pots to fill – Here’s what we did. Below are three pots I did for GSA school. They are fairly large pots and are filled with Miracle Gro potting soil plus a Miracle Gro Compost. Each pot took about a dozen plants, a full tray for each pot and then the rest of the kids planted marigold seeds around the outside.
May 3 – PEGS kids at Concord Elementary
May 3 – Truman Middle School – John F.
May 20 – 2 Kindergarten classes plants at Airport Elementary – planted one butterfly garden – needed bulb planter to take out the old soil. Ashley
Schools – Friends – Crestwood Beautification
Airport Elementary School – Jo – 8249 Airport Rd, St. Louis, MO 63134 – May 7
Our Lady of Guadloupe School – Katie Lodes
PEGS School – Sheri
Judy S – school
Gateway South – 70 first graders
Beverly – city school
Crestwood Beautification Comm.
Early Childhood Education – School
Mary S. – Butterfly Garden
Dan and Daci
Karen – milkweed
Josie – Crestwood
Mary S – Crestwood
Weldon C – Lantana
- Try annual ryegrass in the fall as a cover crop.
- Cut down native NEA three times? I cut them twice last year and they were still too big and lanky. Try cut down to ground.
- Take out Phlox paniculata – none of them bloomed in 2015 and they were all diseased. It’s interesting that Mark/Deb and Jackie all had good luck with theirs.
- Put in more Allium – bloomed for a long time and attracted lots of insects.
- Turn front driveway garden into milkweed only.
- Remove many of the New England Aster and replace with Purple Dome – 30″ tall and four feet wide – not pruned.
- Thin out plants in the front – too many plants in front of the house.
- Plant four large pots of Tropical Milkweed to use in butterfly tent.
- Plant three buddleia and keep in pots.
Plants to Try
- Buy Marshalls Delight Bee Balm – is mildew resistant – http://www.americanmeadows.com/bee-balm-marshalls-delight
- Try this monarda also – http://www.prairienursery.com/store/native-plants/red-beebalm-monarda-didyma
- Try one plant of Wendys Wish Salvia – it spreads out and is a strong grower. 3’x 3′
- Try Uproar rose zinnia – no mildew-Ritter Greenhouse or –
- Rudbeckia fulgida fulgida
- October skies aster – 2’x 2′ – also at sunlight gardens