Sunday, December 29, 2013

Schedule for public television this week 218 Cox Cable and 99 plus on AT&T U-verse includes WPWP earth day 2013 and Wreath Day at Fayetteville National Cemetery several times each

Fayetteville Public Access TV schedule at this link.

Bee-killing Bayer fights European ban on its bee-killing pesticides: Natural-resource conservationists need financial help to fight the multi-national corporation

Bayer is suing Europe to overturn the ban on bee-killing pesticides -- so we're joining the legal battle to stop them.Frank,
Bayer is suing Europe to overturn the landmark ban on bee-killing pesticides -- and we're excited to announce we're joining the legal battle to make sure Bayer fails.
Europe's bee-saving ban has only just gone into force, but Bayer is fighting in the courts to overturn it. If Bayer wins, it will be a huge setback for the bees -- and so we're asking the European Court of Justice to let us join in the case and defend the ban.
The first hearings could happen in just a few weeks, and we've only got a few days to finalize our case. If the court accepts our application, we'll represent the interests of hundreds of thousands of SumOfUs members who have already spoken up -- and make sure the court has real evidence to counter Bayer's propaganda. 
It's crucial we make our voices heard in the court and on the streets. We’ve already made a downpayment to hire European legal specialists to help us fight the case, but we know Bayer and Syngenta are going to throw everything they’ve got at defeating the bee-saving ban. That's why we need to stand ready to fight Bayer every step of the way -- no matter how long it takes.
We've already asked for a lot, so understand if you can't give now. But if you can, can you help us fight Bayer and Syngenta inside and outside the European Court by making a $4 donation to our ‘Save the Bees’ fund?
The upcoming court case is more than just a European battle -- this will be seen as a test case around the world. That’s why hiring a crack team of EU hotshot lawyers is so important. Winning at the European court could mean helping to save our bees around the world. But if Bayer and Syngenta manage to overturn the EU’s ban, then there’s a good chance that we might fail to get neonics banned elsewhere.
And we're not stopping with the EU court battle. Just last week, we worked together with partners leading the fight in the US to sign on to a major advertisment in the New York Times calling on the US to actwe've taken out ads in commercial garden magazines, and taken the fight to the world's largest commercial gardening convention -- putting more and more pressure on Bayer to stop killing the bees. And we've got much, much more planned.
Right around the world, bees are dying off and the situation seems to be getting worse. In China, people are having to resort to hand pollinating. In the USA, hive after hive is collapsing. In Europe too, bees are dying off with whole hives dying in places like the UK, Poland, Switzerland and Spain. Our fight to save the bees is global but the first battle will be in Europe at the European Court.
It will be the people vs multinational corporations, the little guy versus the big guy, David vs Goliath. Bayer and Syngenta will dig deep and spend whatever is necessary to win. That’s why it’s so important we can build up a fighting fund so we can take on these corporate big boys -- and win.
Bayer and Syngenta are hiring the very best lawyers that money can buy. Can you help us fight back against them around the world by making a donation of just $4 today?
Court documents show how Bayer and Syngenta are going to try and get the ban scrapped. They will argue that there isn’t enough science to support a temporary ban. They are also going to argue that the European Commission doesn’t have the power to ban neonics. But we know on both of these counts they are wrong, but if we don’t stand up in court and say so, then there’s a real risk the court will only get one side of the argument. We can’t let that happen.
So we need to stand ready in case the court costs start to mount. Bayer and Syngenta have very deep pockets and will see the European ban on neonics as a huge threat to their profits and so will throw everything they’ve got at the upcoming court case. We need to make sure we’ve got enough firepower to fight back.
We know the fight to protect our bees from neonics is going to be more of a marathon than a sprint. Already, together we’ve achieved a lot. We came together to fight to stop Bayer pushing their disingenuous ‘we love the bees’ marketing campaign at a Chicago garden center show. Hundred of thousands of us have signed petition demanding big retailers remove neonics from their shelves. And most impressive of all together we chipped in to be able to participate in the European test case. While we can never match their near unlimited resources, being sure of our financial firepower will help us take the fight back to Bayer and Syngenta.
Can you help us with $4 to keep on fighting to save the world’s bees?
Thanks for all you do,
Martin, Paul, Johnny and the rest of us. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Good ideas for planting milkweed for 2014 monarch butterflies

Fall Planting Milkweed For 2014 Monarchs

Fall is the perfect time to get a head start on the monarch season for next year. If you’d like to start preparing for spring the easy way, plant your perennial milkweed seeds (and plants) in the fall.

Why is fall planting easier?

1. Cold Stratification Au Natural
Most milkweed requires a cold stratification process which helps your seeds to germinate. Old man winter takes care of this for you naturally by providing freezing temps outdoors.
2. Second Chances
If your seeds don’t sprout as planned next spring, you can easily replace them with seeds or plants. If you plant bad seeds in spring, by the time you realize it, it may be to late to replant for that season.
So plant seeds in fall, then make the necessary alterations next spring.

Milkweed ideas for fall planting

Fall planting common milkweed can give you a head start on next season
Get A Head Start On Next Season
A wonderful addition to the butterfly garden if you stay one step ahead of it:

2. Asclepias viridis (Spider Milkweed)
A compact, early blooming milkweed that supports spring monarchs.

3. Asclepias purpurascens (Purple Milkweed)
Purple milkweed seeds can be fall planted for spring monarchs and great spangled fritillaries
The Power of Purple
Similar to common with richer purple blooms and a non-invasive growth habit

Host and nectar plant that prefers wetter soil. Ours thrives in partial sun.

5. Asclepias speciosa (Showy Milkweed)
Pretty pink and white star flowers that monarchs love. Also a Good Host Plant

6. Milkweed Plants
Fall Planting Swamp Milkweed plants will yield bright blooms next summer
Fall PLANTS for Blooms Next Season
Seeds have a tendency to move around, so those who want to get their garden better-situated now can also buy plants. This will cost you a little more, but you won’t have to make ‘spring adjustments.’ Plants should be put in-ground upon arrival.
Don’t plant annual milkweed (like tropical) in autumn, because it will die by the cold hand of Old Man Winter.

Planting your seeds

  • Late October through November is prime time for fall planting- don’t plant too early down south
  • Water the area first, so you can secure the seeds with mud instead of dirt
  • Plant seeds about 1/4″ deep- if you stick your finger in the ground, this would be about the distance to your first knuckle
  • Plant more than you need
  • Thin out your milkweed seedlings in spring according to recommended distance for each species
  • 6-10 milkweed plants is a good minimum per patch
  • Give potentially invasive varieties like common milkweed more room to grow…perhaps outside the garden?
  • Experiment- try growing the same species in different growing conditions (ie: amount of sun)
Those are 5 of the more popular milkweeds for butterfly gardens. There are many more you can try, but make sure they will grow in your region and research potential issues a species might have.
I don’t always stick to native plant guidelines, but I always make informed planting decisions. I research every plant before I add it to the mix, to make sure it’s something than can succeed in my region, isn’t invasive, and won’t require more effort than I’m willing to put forth.
Before planting perennial milkweed, learn what milkweeds are native to your region. Also, see if other milkweed species might be worth trying in your USDA hardiness zone. Garden experiments can be exciting…especially when they’re successful!
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  1. Tony,
    How do I know what kind of milkweed is best for our area of Central Texas? I planted the common Butterfly Milkweed with the yellow/orange flowers and they’ve done well. Very slow growers. Monarchs started showing up last 10 days. Female(s) depositing their eggs underneath the leaves. Haven’t seen any ‘cats’ yet. Is it too late to order monarch eggs for bringing inside?
    I ordered many different kinds of butterfly weed milk plants and this one was the only one that succeeded.
    Again, please recommend others that are good for this climate, zone 8 in Cen-Texas?
    A friend in MI send a many seed from her Joe Pye weed. When should I plant them? And will they do well here in Central Texas?
    Thank you,
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    • Hi Sheri, here is a list of texas milkweeds. Keep in mind that Asclepias curassavica (tropical milkweed) is not native and that some scientists suggests that growing it in places like Texas and Florida can disrupt the monarch migration. If you grow it, it’s probably best to cut it back to the ground in fall so the monarchs can’t use it.
      If you saw the female 10 days ago, her eggs should have hatched after about 4. So either those are newer eggs or they’re something else entirely, like aphids?
      The migration goes through the end of October so you probably have time to raise a final batch in Texas. If you want to know more about which plants to grow specifically in your region, I would suggest calling your local master gardener hotline or seeing a master gardening presentation on butterfly gardening at your local library…if there is a local chapter closer to you, they should be able to let you know. Hope this helps, Tony
  2. Tony,
    Really enjoy your postings they are most colorful. I also like the extra color and nectar that annuals contribute to the fall for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and for bouquets of wonderful living color for myself and friends as well. Especially loved the picture of the Great Spangled Fritillaries on the purple milkweed. Do you grow purple milkweed? I see that Missouri Wildflowers lists it as plants, have you ever ordered from them? Will be setting out some swamp milkweed seeds shortly. It is amazing how many butterflies love the nectar of asclepias. What can you tell me about growing new asclepias plants from a portion of the root or root cuttings? My cousin from Florida is going to send some tropical milkweed seeds for me from her plant later this fall. I can’t wait to get them planted indoors of course for next year 2014. Sorry you had to take so much grief over your note on how well exotics work with native plants to extend the nectar season. Brian from Ossian, IN
    • Hi Brian, thanks for posting…your comments are much appreciated.
      I started growing purple milkweed this season…looking forward to seeing it really take off in year 2. I got seeds off ebay…I buy a lot of seeds/plants there. I usually try to purchase from vendors specializing in plants/seeds with over 98% positive reviews. It’s worked well for me so far…
      As for cuttings, my next post will be about them. I’m trying a new system this year and will be cloning tropical milkweed and possible goose plant cuttings. Cuttings are MUCH easier to grow than seedlings and they won’t succumb to the elements like fragile seedlings.
      We had garden monarchs through October 1st and the majority of these late season monarchs preferred annual plants. After seeing what a combination of native/exotic plants can do, I can’t imagine sticking only to native…to each their own.
      Good luck with starting seeds indoors! It will give you a nice head start on the season.
  3. JOYCEANN VOGT says:
    Where can I purchase the seeds? tks.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Meet retired Colonel Ann Wright in casual setting at 6 p.m.TONIGHT (Tuesday Sept 24 2013) and hear her presentation at University of Arkansas TOMORROW (Wednesday Sept. 25 2013) at University of Arkansas

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Anti-War Hero 
Ann Wright returns to NWA
Wed Sept 25
7:30 pm
Giffels Auditorium
University of Arkansas

"The World's Perception of US Foreign Policy: Assassin Drones and Threats of Military Attacks"
Col. Ann Wright is a former diplomatic corps member who retired from service when the United States began to call illegal, preemptive wars.  Since then she has traveled the world speaking out for nonviolent solutions to conflict, and supporting human rights.  She has worked often with the peace group Code Pink, and its founder Media Benjamin, and continues to be a highly visible anti-war leader on a national scale.

Ann was raised in Bentonville. She graduated from the University of Arkansas Law School and has many contacts here. This is the first time she's been back for several years, however.  Don't miss this chance to meet a strong and engaging advocate for a world at peace, whose roots are buried deep in Arkansas soil.

Meet Ann at any of these events:

Tuesday, Sept 24
6:00 pm - Reception at OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology
            3274 No. Lee Ave, Fayetteville.  RSVP to

Wednesday Sept 25
3:00 pm -- Middle East Studies Class welcomes Ann
           Bell Engineering Building, Room 1108
7:30 pm -- Ann Wright Speaks "The World's Perception of US
            Foreign Policy"
            Giffels Auditorium, Old Main, University of Arkansa

Thursday, August 8, 2013

John Ross Rule and Sarah Moore Chrychel present video and lecture and poetry and prose reading on nature at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 11, 2013, at Hobbs State Park on Beaver Lake

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    Steve Chyrchel announcement for next Sunday:
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    Please mark your calendars. You are going to want to attend the next Friends of Hobbs program!
    We have had wonderful Friends of Hobbs speakers over the last 4 years, and coming up at 2:00 p.m. o...See More
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