The Logan Soil and Water Conservation District. 324 County Road 11, Bellefontaine, is accepting milkweed pods through Oct. 31 as part of the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative.
The seed pods from established common and swamp milkweed plants will be used for new plantings to create additional habitat for the monarch butterfly.
Seed pods should be collected when the pods are dry and gray or brown in color. If the center seam pops with gentle pressure, they can be picked. It is best to collect pods into paper bags or paper grocery sacks. Avoid using plastic bags because they can attract moisture and allow mold to develop. Store seeds in a cool, dry area until they can be delivered to the local office.
It is recommended to wear disposable gloves when picking and handling pods. Harvesting seed pods from milkweed plants will not have any effect on the population of milkweed in established areas.
The local office opens weekdays at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. every day except Friday, when the office closes at 4:30 p.m.
For more information contact Logan SWCD at (937) 404-3150.