Sunday, May 2, 2010

Episode 1 show notes

Yarns from the Garden Episode 1

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Evenstar and Legolas by Susan Pandorf

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spinning fiber frm Gnat Barknknit


Corkscrew vine

Plant Nannies

Wine bottle edging

Tip of the week find you zone

The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate zones; each zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. If you see a hardiness zone in a catalog or plant description, chances are it refers to the USDA map.

Wikepedia Article

Plant of the week: Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly weed

Perennial 2-21/2 feet Orange yellow flowers green smooth pods Sap not milky and leaves not opposite

Native to Eastern US open woods and fields. Prefers well drained soils.

Butterfly weed is a trouble free perennial that will come up year after year in the same place without crowding its neighbors.
Light: Prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
Moisture: Tolerates drought.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 - 10
Propagation: By seed or you can divide tubers in spring.

Plant butterfly weed in mixed borders, meadows and natural areas. Butterfly weed is slow to emerge in spring, so you may want to mark where they are.

The caterpillars of monarch butterflies (they're the ones that migrate to Mexico each winter) feed only on milkweed foliage. Adult butterflies of many species sip nectar from the beautiful blossoms of butterfly weed.

Aphids will attract a yellow orange aphid. Let it be. Aphid Wasp. Brachonid species are native and will mummify the aphids.

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