Vermont Garden Journal: Butterfly Weed, The Perennial Plant Of The Year
Asclepias or Butterfly Weed is more than just a pretty flower; it's been used medicinally and for making fiber.
With all the interest in protecting pollinators, Butterfly Weed is a source of nectar and a food source for the larvae of the Monarch Butterfly. It comes in many colors and is a great plant for the flower border. Learn more by listening to this episode of The Vermont Garden Journal.
Now for this week's tip: It's time to sow leek and onion seeds indoors. These alliums need a good 10 weeks of indoor growing before transplanting outdoors. Sow in trays under grow lights, keep well watered, thinned and fertilized.