FERMENTATION CLASS AND DEMONSTRATION
Join Milan Doshi on Saturday, August 5, from noon to 1:30 pm, as he provides an introduction into the wonderful world of fermentation. Participants will learn about the basic history and benefits of fermentation, and then will salt, mix and make their own batch of kraut to take home!
Milan is chef and founder of the Five Points fermentation company and a DUG board member.
Space is limited, sign up now! This class is free.
To sign up online:
- Sign in to the Hours site, https://www.trackitforward.com/site/rosedale-community-garden
- Click on the Events Sign Up tab in the top menu bar.
- Search the calendar for Saturday, August 5.
- Click the box for the Fermentation Class.
- Click on the orange Sign Up box on the right hand side; in the pop up window, click Sign Up.
- You’re done! See you there.
If you have any questions, contact Priscilla at email@example.com.
Many thanks to everyone who came out on this VERY hot day to help clean up the garden. Weeds, weeds, weeds! No one’s favorite chore, but all that weeding made a big difference in how the garden looks.
Sarah W. bushwhacking the grass:
Adam, Sidney, and Ana weeding the meeting area. Ugh! What a chore!
Sissy, Helen, Paula, and Paul harvesting garlic scapes and attacking the weeds. Double Ugh! But on the plus side, scapes. Yum!
Charlie R. and Kris battling the weeds on the north pathway. Triple Ugh!
Thanks to everyone!!
Bokashi in process is in the blue barrel(Do Not Open). Bokashi tea is in the green barrel. Use the tea as often as you like.
IMPORTANT BOKASHI NOTES
The bokashi barrel(s) is/are filled on a weekly basis with the weeds and plant material that have been placed in the pile in the back of the garden. The barrel(s) is/are emptied each week, the rain barrel is filled with the tea, and the solids are placed in the wooden compost bins.
The bokashi process takes 7 to 10 days to complete. We are currently operating on a weekly schedule, Saturday to Saturday.
- Please, under NO circumstances should the barrel be opened at any time other than during the Saturday bokashi session. Opening the barrel interrupts the bokashi fermentation process.
- Please, DO NOT attempt to tip the barrel at any time other than during the Saturday bokashi session. The filled barrel weighs over 300 pounds and could be dangerous if not handled properly.
If you have any questions, please contact Priscilla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Fresh horseradish root
- White vinegar
- Peel the roots and either slice or grate them. I use a food processor with the standard metal blade to grind the horseradish root, but you can use a blender, or a meat grinder. Whichever method you use, add a small amount of water, a tablespoon or so, depending on how much root you are processing, just to keep it moving around.
- You can grate horseradish either by hand or with the processor’s grating blade, but again, use a bit of water. (If you are attempting to grate it on a box grater, beware!, the fumes are very potent!)
- If it’s too runny, drain some water off, or too thick, add a bit more. Be careful. The fumes from the root can be potent! Fresh crushed horseradish is at its strongest, but once it is exposed to air, the pungency begins to wane.
- Once you have a nicely ground texture, like the prepared horseradish you buy in the jars, you're ready for the next ingredient--vinegar. But read the next instruction carefully, don't just pour in the vinegar yet.
- Use 2 to 3 tablespoons of (5% strength) white distilled vinegar and ½ teaspoon salt for each cup of grated root.
- The key to making horseradish hot, and I mean HOT, is when to finish it off with the vinegar. Vinegar stabilizes the flavor, and the timing of when you add it will affect the spicy outcome. If you add the vinegar too soon, the horseradish will be milder in flavor. For “knock your socks off” spicy, be sure to wait three minutes before adding the vinegar.
- So, to achieve the hottest horseradish, use the freshest root possible and be patient; wait three minutes before adding the vinegar and salt. Also, once your horseradish is complete, proper storage is crucial to maintain that heat. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for four to six weeks or in the freezer for six months or even longer.