Should I protect my monarch caterpillars?

I was very excited to find 2 monarch caterpillars on my milkweed this morning! Then I got to googling and I saw that some people will put mesh bags over their milkweed to protect the caterpillars from birds. Is this…

Asclepias Management

I have managed to control the invasive roots of my “Bleeding Heart” plants by sinking 2 foot long sections of plastic irrigation conduit into the ground, (diameter is about 1.5 feet).  Bottom is layered with gravel, then landscaping fabric, followed…

Timing for Cutting Back Milkweed?

I included some milkweed this year in a planter I maintain across from my house in Seaton Village, Toronto. It’s looking quite yellow and sad now (mid-October), and I’m wondering if the monarch butterflies still need it this late in…

Orange Aphids on Milkweed

My milkweed crop is LOADED, that is completely covered in orange aphids. Should I cut them down, bag them and get rid of them. Where do aphids go in winter. Soil?…

Common Milk Weed

I am located in southern Ontario zone 6a (or 6b not sure) and I am planting a cottage/pollinator garden. Last year I planted two different varieties of milk weed, an orange variety and a white blossomed one. My question is,…

Controlling Common Milkweed

Hello, I am running into a bit of an issue with the more prolific native plants in my garden and my neighbour and was wondering if maybe you or anyone of your members has run into this problem before and…