Monday, April 27, 2009

The fine art of organic gardening: bugs, weeds and critters

Saturday, April 25 (1-4 pm)

Starting Your Organic Garden: Pests

Learn to ID and control common garden pests.

Entomologist Pete Haggard will discuss good and bad

bugs, shareholder Birgit Semsrott will cover garden

weeds, and shareholder Frank Gratz will reveal his

successful gopher trapping strategies. $5-20.

Check the website, below, for more workshops and farmers markets, farm shares, internships etc. Very dynamic place!

It was a sunny, windy and cold Saturday afternoon. The bugs mostly hid, but Pete, resourceful and entertaining as always, brought some specimens, among them the pupa of a pale tiger swallowtail. He also sent me this photo of one that just hatched. See how perfect it is!

The weeds were abundant, and I was happy to learn more about edible ones. It is actually quite a pleasure to pull healty big weeds and add them to your salad. We are enjoying the sorrel - the most invasive weed in our garden - and dandelion leaves. I wish we had nettles. I remember the tasty nettle soup my grandmother made of small tender early leaves. When they are really young they don't sting. Or they didn't in the Finland of my childhood. I am including a photo of a malva. It is also edible according to Birgit. The tiny leaves taste best.

I admired the beautifully pruned semidwarf appletrees in full bloom. Here's a photo of Janet (shadowed by cap), owner of Redwood Roots Farm, with Perta Sennott. The farm is located on the rich bottom land in the Jacoby Creek watershed.  

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