The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking nature lovers and landowners in Wood, Portage, Adams, Juneau, Waushara and Marquette counties to collect wild common milkweed seedpods to help grow habitat for native pollinators on state lands. Volunteers are encouraged to harvest seedpods from their property or neighbors’ fallow fields (with the property owner’s permission) from Sept. 10 through Sept. 30. The DNR will use collected seeds as part of a monarch habitat restoration project across several State Natural Areas in the Central Sands region. If you're interested in helping with this project, please look for them as you're walking and biking through the area. You can drop them off at the library on Wednesday mornings between 9:00-11:00 while our volunteers are working in the gardens, or you can drop off your bagged seedpods at the library any time the library is open. One of us will deliver our collected pods by September 30.
P.S. Our October 6 garden club meeting will focus on dividing perennials. We hope to see you there!