For the person who put the beetles in a jar asking for identification. These are Japanese Beetles.
An easy way to battle them without pesticides – which we don’t use in our community garden – is to get a pail of soapy water and put it directly under the plant being bothered. If you tap the leaf, the beetle drops into the water and drowns.
If you do this early in the day when the beetles are the least active, you will greatly reduce the number of beetles in short order.
There is a lot to do in the garden this time of year.
Today 80 young gardeners worked on: starting a new flower bed, mulching the broccoli so it doesn’t bolt, sowing beans, weeding and water. When each group finished their working bee, we relaxed under the trees with a glass of ice, cold basil lemonade made from herbs growing in our garden.
The basil lemonade was a hit. One camper said the flavor was “distinctive,” another camper thought it tasted “like the garden” and most campers enjoyed it and asked for second and thirds.
Here is the Recipe:
One packed cup of basil leaves washed well. Put leaves into the blender with a cup of water and puree on high. Once done, put this mixture through a strainer and into a large pticher of lemonade. Add the basil mix little by little until you reach the flavor you enjoy. It is that easy and very refreshing.
We could use some help with the dirt pile near the parking lot. The goal is to level it off so we can plant flowers. It was hard work for the kids. Anyone willing to help, please do. Your efforts are very much appreciated.
If anyone is dividing plants, please think of us. We are creating a pollinator friendly garden. The new bed is in full sun and we hope to grow yarrow, coneflower, Liatris, evening primrose, phlox, and asters. If you have any of these plants and can share, they would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to all my generous gardening friends.
MAKING A BIRD BATH
At noon today adult gardeners made a concrete bird bath from a leaf.
These baths look charming in a garden and attract butterflies and insect-eating birds. I will take a photo of the finished project next week.
Hope to see you in the garden. And thank you for contributing to the success of the garden.
Natalie, Master Gardener and Moreau Community Garden’s Garden Coach
You know the expression, it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it took a village to make this scarecrow.
Bob LeClair made the frame. The clothes came from the thrift shop. The houseplants we planted in the shoes came from my son, Gina found the straw hat at a garage sale. The scarecrows’s stuffing was wood wool – packing material donated by Rocky Dale Nursery in Bristol, Vt. and the buttons, felt and muslin came from the generous ladies in the craft room at the community center. Thank you all.
The kids…about 60… who are part of the Family Gardening Program participated in his construction. It was a hot day but groups of kids worked hard to make him come alive. And, he looks darn good.
Here are some photos so you can see for yourself.
Hi everyone –
Today is the first day of the Family Gardening Program at the Moreau Community Garden. There will be children in the garden this morning making a scarecrow and being introduced to what is being grown.
All community gardeners are welcome to join me at noon to ask questions about their plants or just to hang out at the picnic tables for a while and talk.
I hope to see you there.
Natalie, Master Gardener
I was running errands and picking up groceries. Nothing special. I got talking to a friend who was checking out my purchases at the cash register.
She told me she saw something yellow in the parking lot and it turned out in was this moth. Some co-workers picked it up and moved it to a safer place behind the building, she said.
We went around to the woodsy area were it had been freed and it was still there in all its glory.
These moths live a very short time and I have only seen two in my lifetime. What a treat. Thanks Laura!
The Moreau Community Garden was very peaceful this morning. I could hear turkeys off in the distance and that’s about it.
I went about my business of taking care of the 10 plots I maintain for the Family Gardening Program that begins soon. And, I made some notes in my journal of what I did, what I saw, and any other information that helps keep track of what’s happening in the garden.
I swear this weed can hide because when I am done weeding and start to water, I always find some that escaped my first round of weed patrol.
If you said Lamb’s Quarters, you’re right.
I refreshed the spray bottle of neem oil this morning. I saw that some of you have cucumber beetles on your squash. Remember to spray the adults directly to eliminate this problem. Don’t spray when it is above 80 degrees. And check for reddish eggs on the underside of leaves. If you see these, remove them immediately and destroy.
Here are some pictures to enjoy.
Thank you to Sara McKay for her help spreading wood chips. It is appreciated.
Hope to meet you in the garden, Natalie
I will be in the Moreau Community Garden at 7 a.m. Friday morning. If you want to talk about your plants and what’s going on, come by and ask questions.
Hope to see some early birds tomorrow.
Natalie Walsh, Master Gardener