I found more eggs and a baby cat today. You ask me a question that has me very stressed out. How to feed them all. I have a lot of common in my yard. I have let it pop up where it wants with the exception of the lawn. If it's growing where I don't aesthetically want it, I use that plant's leaves first and then cut it to the ground. It the will send up a new shoot with fresh leaves and it doesn't get as tall. The plants I cut in Spring have large new leaves but are now just about 15-20 inches tall. This is another trick I learned from my local monarch expert. This way the garden doesn't look too weedy but I still have the food source. I use the leaves of the plants that are situated well last. So, you ask how do I feed them? I may, or may not, be able to and then I am supposed to get help if I can't.
There is plenty of milkweed at that natural area by my house but I have my own business, which means i amy have to work crazy long hours or that my hours aren't my own. My hours are my customer's hours so I cannot commit to getting to that natural area to pick leaves. Like I say, very stressful.
I'm learning something new with this new batch of cats I'm raising. One day, I didn't have time to transfer the cats from the old leaf to the new leaf so I leaned the old leaf against the new leaf. The next day I went to put fresh leaves, the cats had eaten almost all of the old leaf and were just getting started on the new leaf. This will waste a lot less leaves as I can't tell you how many almost full leaves I have had to discard. I'm thinking the old leaves (meaning 24-48 hours old) were still nutritious or they would have not finished eating them. This is a guess. Do you have thoughts on this?
I am in a regular subdisivion but my neighbors haven't complained about the native prairie growing all around my house. In fact, my neighbor said he likes it and just installed a large native plant garden in his front yard. Just a side note on this as it made me very happy. He has swamp in there, which I've been unable to grow. I'm hoping he has better luck.