Fauna and I were walking the field trails today and found a lot of young milkweed stretching for the sun right in the middle of the trails.
This is all and good until the man with the mower is out and about. My hubby is very respectful of our wild gardens, but we must always be sure to inform him of what not to cut, (he wants me to provide a ring of laminated cards of the plants he is not allowed to mow over). And since the young milkweed are right in the middle of our trails, their doom is on the horizon. Fauna and I can't handle such a thought!
So we thought we would try transplanting the milkweed right into our vegetable garden. I have read that milkweed doesn't usually transplant well due to its long taproot; but it could work if it's a young plant no taller than 6 inches. Our little milkweeds were little so we thought we'd give it a try. Fauna had trouble digging with her little red shovel (the pretzel could have had something to do with it).
So she moved on to my shovel (she is only 7 and already "borrowing" my shoes).
We dug up 7 young plants and transplanted them right into our vegetable garden. We had to put them in a garden walking path, because this garden is jam packed with vegetables and herbs.
Some of the milkweed drooped right away, but the others are looking ok. We watered them in nicely and now only time will tell. Fauna named them all Mr. Survivor, hoping the positive name will help them grow! I must share an email from my sister Katrina in reference to our milkweed transplanting,
"I have some milkweed that has been growing along the driveway for 3 years, matt (her hubby) really hates the look but wouldn't dare touch them. Don't tell him if your transplanting works, he and I discuss how hard they are to transplant every time we get the mail or bring out the trash."
We are from the same cloth that's for sure! I'll keep you posted on the outcome.