Monarch Waystations: Create, Conserve, & Protect Monarch Habitats

Monarch Waystation #9
"Willow Pond Farm"
Fairfield, PA 17320 U.S.A.

Registrant: Willow Pond Farm
Certified: 7/20/2005
Updated: 7/20/2005
Type: Rural
Location:
Size: Colossal (more than 5,000 sq ft)

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Comments: We are a 32-acre certified organic herb farm. Approximately 10-15 acres are fallow fields where the predominant vegetation is wild yarrow, milkweed, and ironweed. We have 2 acres planted in lavender and 1/2 acre in vitex. In addition, we have 15 demonstratino gardens including a butterfly garden. For more info check www.willowpondherbs.com or www.palavenderfestival.com

PLANTING DETAIL

Milkweeds (Monarch Host Plants):
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Additional Annual/Biennial Plants:
Lantana (Lantana spp.),

Additional Perennial Plants:
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia spp.), Caryopteris (Caryopteris spp.), Goldenrod (Solidago spp.), Ironweed (Vernonia spp.), Vitex (Vitex spp.), Other Perennials

Plant Density (Shelter):
2-5 milkweed and nectar plants per square yard

Sustainable Management:
Mulch around the base of plants to reduce the growth of weeds and retain water; Manage the density of the plot by thinning; Use natural compost for fertilization; Amend the soil to achieve a chemical balance before planting; Remove dead stalks before the next growing season by mowing; Remove dead stalks before the next growing season by hand; Water the plot as needed to maintain growth; Eliminate the use of insecticides; Remove invasive species from the site; Add other features