Bring in the Butterflies while Feeding your Family

Welcome butterflies to your vegetable garden by including specific plants that will increase pollination for a bountiful harvest.

Fight Greenhouse Gasses with Prairies

Researchers have discovered that grasslands have the capacity to store large amounts of carbon, which is a valuable ecological service in today's changing climate. Carbon is a greenhouse gas that is increasing in the Earth's atmosphere and contributing to global warming. 

Start Your Milkweed Plants Indoors

Due to illegal logging, herbicides, and climate change, the monarch butterfly population continues to decline at a rapid pace. The milkweed is the only host plant to the caterpillar, and without it, the species can't survive. Planting milkweed in your garden is a great way to help, but did you know you could also plant it indoors?

Milking a Weed Part 2: Pain Relief from an Unlikely Source

For those who suffer from chronic pain, finding relief isn't always easy. Often, pain medications come with unpleasant side effects and over the counter remedies do not work. This can lead to a feeling of helplessness. Fortunately, researchers have discovered a way to soothe muscles from an unlikely source: the milkweed plant. 

Milking a Weed: Luxury Bedding Helps Conserve Habitat

How can luxury bedding help to conserve a habitat? Seems like a funny question, but with a new spin on insulation, that's exactly what's happening. Milkweed may not be the first thing that comes to mind for insulation, but Ogallala Comfort uses it as an environmentally friendly option.

“Sod Busting” is Destroying Prairies

According to the World Wildlife Fund, the Great Plains have lost more than 50 million acres over the last few years from deforestation. This is more than the Brazilian Amazon has lost. The prairie habitat is home to monarch butterflies, native bumblebees, and grassland songbirds, all of which are threatened by these changes.

Milkweed Collection Efforts During WWII

Today Ogallala Comfort and Milkweed Balm use the milkweed plant in their products, but this amazing plant actually played a vital role throughout the United States during WWII when a national campaign, promoted by the Department of Education, encouraged children to collect milkweed pods to help save lives. 

Where Do the Monarchs Go in the Fall?

Every fall, millions of monarch butterflies embark on a journey that will take them up to 3,000 miles south to the remote mountain treetops of Central Mexico and Southern California. This great migration is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.

Leave the Leaves! Richer Soil and Habitat for Pollinators

As the cooler weather moves in and the leaves begin to change color, it's a great time to get outdoors and do yard work. You may want to trim the bushes, tend to your garden, and pull weeds before the change of season. One chore you can forego is raking the leaves.

Tracking the Monarchs with a Tracking Device

Every year, monarch butterflies migrate more than 2,000 miles to overwinter in warmer climates in Mexico and Southern California. Sadly, these majestic creatures are plummeting toward extinction due to habit threats and global climate change. Finding out how and why monarch butterflies travel might be one way to help their decline in population. 

Weeding Out: 5 Tips to Maintain Your Veggie Garden (And Your Sanity!)

Veggie gardens are a source of nutrition and enjoyment, but when it comes to maitnenance and weeding, it can be real work. Many vegetables and herbs are also host plants for caterpillars and bring in the pollinators, which increases the harvest.

How the Monarch Population Handles the Winter

Some butterfly species can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or adults; however, the monarch butterfly cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates. As the temperature begins to change, monarchs sense when it is time to begin traveling south to a warmer climate.