Sunshine Weekly Weeder Newsletter
1 July 2015
Education Committee Looking for Volunteers
The Education Committee is looking for fun, creative individuals to join our team to help complete several projects. If you are interested, please join us at our next meeting on May 23 in the trailer at 2:00 PM. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Education Committee is creating a list of possible speakers for educational programs at the gardens. If you have a garden related interest or know of someone with an interesting skill they would like to share with us, please contact Shannon Posern at email@example.com. Please include the contact name, email, and the subject of the talk.
Bats in the Backyard
Wednesday 22nd July 2015 at 7:30 pm
Sunshine Community Garden Trailer
Join Sunshine Community Gardens for a special Presentation
Bats in the Backyard, by the ecologist Nevin Durish
Learn about the benefits and dispel myths of having bats in your your backyard garden. Presentation will include a demonstration at sunset to detect what bats we might have near Sunshine Community Gardens. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information contact SunshineCGEducation@gmail.com
Urban Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Squash Vine Borer
My neighbor asked me why her squash seemingly died overnight. Unfortunately, I had to tell her about squash vine borers (SVB). If you grow squash in Central Texas, you are most likely familiar with this insect and it's damage. If you have not yet had the pleasure of encountering SVB, either lucky you or welcome to Texas or welcome to vegetable gardening!
Squash vine borer refers to a moth that lays reddish-brown eggs singly on the base of squash plants. When the eggs hatch, the larvae bore into the squash stem where they feed on the plant from the inside. So if the insect is on the inside of the plant, how can you tell if that's the problem? Typically, there is a hole in the stem where the larvae entered which has yellow sawdust-like frass coming out of it. Larvae overwinter in the soil, pupate, then emerge as adults in the spring to mate and lay eggs. Adult moths are about half an inch long with bright, contrasting colors. The abdomen is bright orange with black dots. The front wings are a greenish-black color and the hind wings are clear, but you typically don't see the hind wings as the wings are folded over the back when at rest. Damage is death of the squash vine. Usually it starts at the base of the plant and moves towards the outer parts.
If you have had squash vine borers infest your squash, vines should be removed and destroyed (not composted unless you are sure your compost pile temperature reaches high enough to kill insects) soon after squash harvest. Soil can be tilled before planting to reduce the number of larvae that are in the soil. Row cover can be used to protect new crops of squash you may plant, just remember to remove the row cover when the squash has blooms to allow pollination to occur (or hand pollinate). If you leave the squash uncovered, monitor the stems regularly for eggs and squish the eggs before larvae emerge.
You can also try to remove the borer from the stem before too much damage occurs if you catch the infestation early enough. Slit the stem lengthwise with a sharp knife, remove the borer and then cover the cut stem with moist soil and hope it takes root. Some people may have better luck with squash varieties that root wherever they touch the ground.
On another note, have you been tuning in for the All Bugs Good And Bad FREE webinar series? If you missed one (or all for that matter), you can still listen and get great information!
Here's a link to all of the webinars for 2015. http://www.extension.org/pages/72197/2015-all-bugs-good-and-bad-webinar-series#.VY2DlFJCjV9
For the webinars that have already occurred, you can click on the topic you are interested in learning more about and it will load that presentation page. At the top right corner there is a "watch recording" button. Click on that and you will be able to listen to the webinar.
Posted by Wizzie Brown
Reminder! Do not put sticks, branches, or anything wooden into the compost pile.
Events of Interest
Seed Saving for Vegetable Gardeners
by Linda Wall
Saturday July 11th 9:00 am Natural Gardener (call to confirm).
followed by a 10 :30 am class on Seed Starting Indoors.
Top Tips and Favorite Things
by Trisha Shirey
Monday 13th July Zilker Botanical Gardens
at the Austin Organic Gardeners monthly meeting. The room will be open at 6:30 pm to meet other gardeners, followed by a short business meeting and the talk will begin at 7:30pm
What To plant in July
Early to mid-month; Pumpkin, Amaranth, Okra
Officer and Zone Coordinator Contacts - Sunshine Garden
- President - Jeff Monks firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vice President - Jim Willmann email@example.com
- Secretary - Ginny Heilman firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer - Caroline Limaye email@example.com
- Director - Michael Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director - Kay McMurry email@example.com
- Director - Shannon Posern firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 1, Jody Trendler email@example.com
- Zone 2, Katy Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 3, Ludmila Voskov email@example.com
- Zone 4, Ila Falvey firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 5, Mary Gifford email@example.com
- Zone 6, Charlotte Jernigan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 7, Jing Li email@example.com
- Zone 8, Irina Kadukova firstname.lastname@example.org
- Zone 9, Cheryl Hazeltine email@example.com
- Zone 10, Christopher Schroder firstname.lastname@example.org
- Weekly Weeder Newsletter - Margaret Powis email@example.com
- Plant Sale - Michael Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
- TSBVI Liason & Volunteer Coordinator - Janet Adams jartdaht@gmailcom
- Plot Rental - Kay McMurry email@example.com
- Compost Coordinator - Janet Adams firstname.lastname@example.org
- Compost Tea - Jennifer Woertz email@example.com
- Education Committee - Shannon Posern firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carpentry & Repairs - Robert Jarry email@example.com
- Water Leak Repairs - Stewart Nichols firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tools & Wheelbarrows - Bob Easter email@example.com
- Website Coordinator - Sharon Rempert firstname.lastname@example.org
Record Service Hours Online - the Virtual Green Binder