What are they?
These are Harlequin Bugs. They are not beetles actually, they are stinkbugs. Hence the smell. Its very important we get rid of these, they are relatively non-toxic, but many birds find them disgusting.
Which are their favorite plants?
Gardens with mustards, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, horseradish, turnips, or arugula will likely be affected.
How do we get rid of them?
If you see them, hand pick them and throw them into a bucket of soapy water, just like with Japanese Beetles. Alternately you can just tap the leaf to get them to fall into the water, they are not beetles and cannot fly!
If you find several bugs on one plant, spray the affected plant with a 1% insecticidal soap solution with some neem or pyrethrin. This will kill the ones left on the plant. Kaolin clay solutions/dusting will have similar results.
To make your own insecticidal soap solution, see these instructions.
The nymphs (below) have a striped pattern. Treat them the same way you do adults.
The most important thing however is the eggs (above). Very distinctive white barrel with black stripes. Check the bottoms of your leaves for these. Remove them, squash them, and spray the effected plant with the soap solution.
Chrysanthemum produces pyrethin and repels them. Chamomile, celery, basil, garlic, mint, rosemary, and sage also may help deter them from your cabbages.
They have several insect predators including the wheel bug, the sand wasp, and some parasitic wasps. Yarrow, caraway, and fennel can encourage the parasitic wasps.
If you have pet turtles, chickens, or guinea fowl, they are known to eat these up. If everyone agrees to it (chickens can scratch up some plants, guinea fowl are better) we can set up a day for them to free roam and pick out a bunch of bugs. Contact email@example.com to schedule a free-roam day.
At any rate, keep an eye out for the eggs!
Thanks to everyone who helped install the green fence barrier on the north fence line. It goes a long way toward hiding all of the miscellaneous junk that Parks & Rec has hidden behind their shed.
Stuff like this…..
Ready for bees…
New gardener, Alex, jumped right in to helping the bee team set the hives up for this season. The bees have been moved to the orchard area where they can work their magic pollinating the fruit trees.
Horseradish is one of those garden delights that comes back fresh and bright every season. Whether you want it to or not. If you have an abundance in your garden, or have been gifted some by your garden neighbor, why not make your own Prepared Horseradish to keep on hand.
It was a cool and damp start to the day, but when the Best.Workday.Team.Ever. started arriving, we knew it would be a good day.
First project of the day was clearing an abandoned plot from last season to give its new gardeners a jumpstart. Thanks to Joe G., Andre, Jen P. (and son), and Mark D. for clearing, cleaning, and hauling, and to Ludi for rototilling on Sunday. The plot is now ready for new gardeners, Rachel(north half) and Cara(south half), to start planting.
Next, was weeding the garden’s garlic beds(again!). The straw bales we used for mulch last fall weren’t as seed/weed free as promised. You can’t tell the garlic from all the straw that sprouted around it.
But after the Best.Workday.Team.Ever. had finished, there was nothin’ but garlic…
Many thanks to the whole garlic weeding team: Paula, Bruce, Hannah, Mark, Nancy, and Nate.
P.S. Don’t forget to record your hours. 🙂
by Millicent Tallard
This year we had advice from a number of Hopi farmers. Taking their advice, along with favorable weather and excellent soil preparation, gave us an exceptional crop. On June 1st we planted 8 hills in 2 rows with seeds from Janice Day of Hopi. Marvin L., a member of the Native American Advisory group of Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, advised us that all hills must be planted with the same seed or the ears won’t color properly.
With good weather the sprouts appeared in 9 days…
…and by 4th of July the plants were “knee high”.
While admiring them, we began to worry about the critters that destroyed our harvest last year. I ordered two owls, one that reflected the sun and blew in the wind and one that looked like a small owl. The idea was to do anything, within reason, to protect the crop.
In mid July Jackie and I were at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. In their bookstore we met Lance P., a Hopi farmer, who told us how to keep critters away. He gave us two options, one more disgusting than the other. Of course, we chose the least obnoxious which is to sprinkle cat poo around the plants. Fortunately, Theresa, my garden partner, has a cat and kept us supplied. Jackie and Bob put up a fence with a gate to keep the critters out but to allow us in. We didn’t see any damage from mice, squirrels or raccoons as the season went on.
After a wet early spring the weather turned hot and dry. We were warned by Donald D., from the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, to not water, no matter how dry the plants looked. So we didn’t water. Donald was our original mentor and sent blessings for our project. He also told us that the corn must be sung to and appreciates dancing in the patch. That never happened this year, so we may need volunteers to sing and dance next year.
As August wore on, we watched the ears appear and grow. We could hardly wait to see if the blue color had developed in the kernels. We began picking mid September and before the first frost had all of the blue beauties picked and photographed. They’re perfect!We mailed an ear to each Hopi farmer and to our friend in Gallup to display with a turquoise bracelet that looks like a curved ear of blue corn. Some will go to our friend Tessie at Santa Clara Pueblo where she will grind it by hand to use for blessings.
There was enough left to sell at the Rosedale Harvest sale and to give to friends for decorations. The Waldorf School students who garden at Rosedale learned about our project and one day left the garden holding ears of the blue corn, waving a corn stalk.
Rosedale’s 3rd Annual Garlic Event proved how much fun you can have when you infuse everything, and everyone, with lots of garlicky goodness.
Many thanks to all who attended and to our generous sponsors for the evening:
The Post Chicken and Beer, Divino Wine & Spirits, Sweet Action Ice Cream, Pajama Baking Company, Trompeau Bakery, Keith’s Coffee Bar, Baity Realty, and Harvard Gulch Golf Course for hosting the event in their clubhouse.
3rd Annual Garlic Tasting Event
This event is SOLD OUT!!
When: Saturday, October 1, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Harvard Gulch Golf Course Clubhouse, located at 660 E. Iliff in Denver
Enjoy an evening of live music, gourmet garlic tastings, and sampling of a garlic-inspired tasting menu.
Try our garlic raw and roasted.
Taste the difference our gourmet garlic makes in garlic bread, garlic pizza, butternut squash soup, and more.
Even garlic ice cream!!
ENTER our cooking challenge!
Tickets are $15 and include tastings of all food and 2 drinks (beer and wine)
Tickets are advance sale only and space is limited.
This event is SOLD OUT!!
All of our Rosedale gourmet garlic varieties will be available to purchase.
All proceeds benefit Rosedale Community Garden and help us provide the garden with: organic compost, organic straw for mulch, tools, water to keep our gardens growing, and many other items large and small.
Many thanks to our wonderful event business partners:
The Post Chicken and Beer – serving The Post Brewing Company beer and one of their signature dishes. Opening early November at 2200 Broadway.
Divino Wine & Spirits – whose donation of wine will complement the event’s tasting menu.
Sweet Action Ice Cream – creating a very special Rosedale garlic ice cream.
Pajama Baking Company – baking up garlic bread that will showcase Rosedale garlic.
Keith’s Coffee Bar – providing delicious non-alcoholic beverages
Trompeau Bakery – lots and lots of baguettes to slather with roasted garlic and the garlicky dips and spreads.
Jackie and Milli are sending out big thanks to the crew who tilled and amended the blue corn plot at the beginning of the season. To Russell, Sissy, Charles R., and Matt S., your efforts are paying off with a great crop of blue corn.
The best ones will be sent to the Santa Clara pueblo to be used in their traditional ceremonies. Read more about the Hopi blue corn project here.
Thanks to everyone for being good composters and chopping your plants into manageable pieces this past week. This, however, is Exhibit A under “Composting Don’ts”.