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Posted 8/5/2015 8:17pm by Brien Darby.

They love to attack anything in the brassica family (kale, broccoli, cabbage, mustard, cauliflower, radish, etc.)

The best way to control them at this point in the season, is to manually remove them (and thier eggs) from the plant.  This will significantly cut down on their populations and is much, much more effective then trying to spray them or use other insecticide treatments.  I've heard from fellow community gardener Emily Hunter that a thorough watering before you begin the process will "bring them out."  Once you see them, grab them and place them in a container with rubbing alcohol or another substance that would drown them.  Please don't compost these little critters!

Later in the season, it is very important to clean up all debris from your garden.  Harlequin bugs can over winter in the garden.  However, if we are able to cut down on their populations now by removing them, this will go a long way.

Posted 7/8/2015 2:59pm by Brien Darby.

Hi there! My name is Marie Vlasic and I'm assisting Brien with the website. Do you have something you'd like to share with your fellow gardeners? Great tips? Recipes? Email it to theflyingpickle@hotmail.com and I'll get it on the website for you.

Posted 7/8/2015 2:56pm by Brien Darby.



Announcements

  • The weed flamingos will be placed this week--please see the newsletter for details if you do not remember the weed policy!
  • Please remember to hang your tools (and clean them!) after each use.
  • Food donation will be starting this week. If you have any extra produce that you would like to donate, we will be picking up donations on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  Please don't leave donations outside of these pick up times, it is no fun to clean up rotting food! A sign will be placed on the inside of the shed door if the donations have already been picked up for the day.
  • Please, please, please, please be mindful of what you are putting in the trash, the recycling, and the compost. The recycling bin (the purple one) is only for recyclable materials (same rules as Denver recycling) and you can recycle most plant pots (the black or white pots) if they have a 1-7 number on the bottom. The compost is for organic material--please read all posted signs about how to add to the pile. The trash is for other items that don't fit these categories. Just remember that when it is not done properly, it has to be sorted by hand and it has to be carted away by hand, so anything you can do to make this process easier would be much appreciated!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Thursday June 18th- 1:30-3:30, work afternoon
  • Saturday June 20th, 8-10am, work morning
  • SPECIAL offer on being a compost volunteer. If you are interested in helping with the compost piles, we have a special deal for you! Composting queen Martha Bailey has offered to give you TWO of her volunteer hours for every ONE hour that you donate  towards working on the compost. To learn more about this fabulous offer, please contact Martha directly, mjbailey1111@gmail.com.
Posted 7/8/2015 2:53pm by Brien Darby.
 
Brien has placed an order form for straw bales (to use for mulch) in the shed. If you are interested in purchasing a bale, they are $8--cash only please, which can be placed in the grey box in the shed.  Just like past years, please indicate if you would like a full or half bale.  The order form will be placed in the shed today and I will be picking up the straw this Saturday the 11th, so if you are not available to fill out the form but would still like to have a bale, please send me an e-mail as soon as possible.
Posted 4/10/2014 4:27pm by Brien Darby.

Have you stopped by the community garden to see what's blooming?

Our Italian plum looks gorgeous, and the bees think so, too!

Italian plum tree

And so do the daffodils!

Daffodils and Veronica

Posted 9/24/2013 9:47am by Brien Darby.

While many gardens are lucky enough to have thriving populations of introduced pollinators (namely, the honey bee), it is important that we don't forget about our native pollinators.  There are hundreds of butterflies, bees, flies, beetles, and wasps that are native to the Rocky Mountain region who also visit our flowers and vegetables and preform the necessary task of pollination.  While honey bees live in hives specifically designed to maximize honey production and ease of honey harvest, native pollinators require far less high-maintenance abodes.  Traditional native insect habitats range from holes drilled into logs, to stacks of bricks, to reeds and bamboo cut into short pieces and stacked horizontally to create small nooks for nesting.  This past weekend, the gardeners at the Botanic Gardens Community Garden created three native insect habitats that, in addition to being inviting to our native friends, also double as works of art.

 

The empty frames were created from portions of reclaimed pallets.  By attaching 2x6 boards to the bottoms to act as "feet" and a few 2x4 boards throughout the frames to create compartments, the frame construction was a simple process and used entirely reclaimed materials.

 

The materials with which to fill the frames were gathered from the garden, from surrounding parks, and some pieces were left over from floral arrangements that were donated by a local floral designer.  Materials include: bamboo, pine cones, sticks/logs, roofing tiles, wicker, cork, branches, seed pods, reeds, bricks, twine, etc.

After a few hours of diligent designing and placing of materials, this is what our gardeners/artists created:

 

 

In addition to the fabulous habitats, our native pollinator garden also contains several species of native plants that are pollinator attractants.  Plants include asters, bee balm, yarrow, hyssop, blanket flower, and milkweed.  Plants were also chosen intentionally based on bloom time to ensure that nectar is provided throughout the entire season.

For more information on native plants, native pollinators, and creating appropriate habitat, check out the Xerces Society webpage.

Posted 9/10/2013 9:14am by Brien Darby.

Once again we will be having our Fall Harvest celebration hosted by the folks at SAME cafe, the main recipients of our produce donations.  Last year was a great success with a lovley turnout and a meal prepared by the staff at SAME cafe with produce from our garden.  SAME cafe is normally only open during the day 11AM-2PM, but they have agreed to serve a special dinner just for us.  Adult beverages will be provided.  If you are interested in attending this year, please send me an e-mail or give me a call to reserve your tickets.

Event:  Fall Harvest celebration community meal

Where:  SAME Cafe, (2023 E. Colfax)

When:  October 18th, 2013 @ 7PM

Ticket Price:  Suggested donation of $10

Questions?:  Contact Brien, darbyb@botanicgardens.org; 303-437-5327

Posted 9/10/2013 7:20am by Brien Darby.

Join us in the garden on September 20th from 5PM-7PM for the 2nd annual Tomato Festival.  If you wish to have your tomato compete for the title of best tomato (prizes will be awarded in cherry and sauce/slicing categories), please have submissions to the garden by 4:30PM.  If you wish to participate in the taste testing, show up anytime between 5PM-7PM, taste the tomatoes, and cast your vote.  Hope to see you there!

Posted 8/20/2013 5:27pm by Brien Darby.

In going through some of the community garden files from seasons past, Sue Burleigh, our official archivist, came across a real gem: photos of past community gardeners!  We have posted them on the community garden flickr page, but we need help figuring out who they are, and in some cases, what they are doing.  Please take a look at the photo stream, which can be found by clicking the above link, and feel free to leave a comment if you recognize someone you know.  Happy commenting!

Posted 9/7/2012 8:55am by Brien Darby.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this past weekend’s 1st annual Tomato Festival—both the tomato contributors and our intrepid tasters.  Eleven varieties competed for the chance to become this year’s DBG Community Garden Best in Show tomato.  And the envelope please…first place was a tie between Sun Gold and Snow White!  First runner up goes Green Doctor.  It seems our judges had a taste for the sweets this year :)  First place finisher Dann Milne will receive a $15 gift certificate to Tomato Growers Supply Company.  Other competitors included:  Black Cherry, Casaluto, Pearl Red, Golden Gem, Banana Legs, San Marzano, Golden Gem, Pearl Red, Tuscan Sun, and Parsimmon.