Milkweeds: Lifeblood for the Diminishing Monarch Butterfly

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Milkweed

Monarch butterflies cannot survive without milkweed – it is the only source of food for their larvae (caterpillars).  Monarch females lay their eggs solely upon milkweeds, and the larvae eat the plants. This makes them specialist herbivores, which means there is no other option available to them.  When monarch larvae feed on milkweed, they sequester toxins within their […]

Urban Gardens Can Provide Great Habitat for Pollinators

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 According to a recent article in Bee Culture Magazine entitled, “Urban Gardens and Allotments Provide Especially Good Habitat for Pollinator Communities”, by Mike Gaworecki, urban areas can play an important role in conserving our pollinators.  Traditionally, cities have been thought to have much lower biodiversity compared to rural areas, but new studies find that this […]

National Pollinator Garden Network Reaches Goal Of One Million Registered Pollinator Gardens

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The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) was launched in 2015 by the National Pollinator Garden Network.  The organizations behind the network include the National Wildlife Federation, Pollinator Partnership, American Public Gardens Association, National Gardening Bureau, American-Hort, and the American Seed Trade Association.  Their collective efforts helped to bring awareness to the important role that pollinators […]

Take a Look at Our New Products for 2019

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New Seed Products for 2019 | Applewood Seed Company

We are introducing three new garden flowers, one native wildflower, and one new herb this year. Some of our new flowers will be additions to our pollinator, regional and special-use seed mixtures. In addition, we are introducing a brand new pollinator mixture: The Bumblebee Buffet Mixture. The first of our new garden flowers is Dwarf […]