December 2nd meeting

 

The Coalition’s next meeting will be Tuesday, 12/02/14, at 5:30 pm in Noel Methodist on the corner of Highland and Herndon in Shreveport.  For more information, call Mary Dumars at 318 840 1565.

How to catch Vine Borers, Cucumber Beetles & other insects

I read about a simple way to keep your squash/zucchini, eggplant, etc almost completely free of  insects and it doesn’t include using any pesticides.
One can use a yellow frisbee filled with water and dishwashing soap.  The yellow attacts the bugs as they think it is a flower on a vegetable.  I have one near my cantaloupe and change the water out every 3-4 days.
Another neat little trap is using “Tanglefoot Paste”.  You can purchase this at Akins Nursery, Ace Hardware, Amazon.com.  I’m sure there are other places but these are the ones I was able to find.
Supplies needed:
Yellow plastic cups (only place I could find them was at Brookshires), stapler, cotton balls, essential oils (clove, allspice, peppermint, lavender), tanglefoot paste, duck tape, garden stake (a package of 10 can be bought at Walmart)
1) Staple a couple of cotton balls to the cup
2) Using the garden stake, you can either staple it to the inside of the cup or use duck tape (this is what I use) and tape the stake to the inside
3) Next, smear the top, all around the cup with tanglefoot paste.  This is very sticky so you’ll need to use a brush or a paint stirrer (I found this to be better)
4) Once that is done, use essential oil of your choice to sprinkle the cotton balls
5) Put the stake into the ground near the squash or any vegetables you want to protect and within a day, you’ll start seeing results
These two items have been working for me. I put one cup on each end of my squash/zucchini patch. The Frisbee is next to my cantaloupes.  Knock on wood, we haven’t had any squash bugs at all.Yellow frisbeeTanglefoot paste cup
John

Valencia Garden Team Workday

All, come join us each Monday morning from 0900-1000ish at Valencia.  Some of the items we are working on:

Clearing the walkways of grass then laying down newspapers and sawdust to prevent the grass from growning again

Statt of a compost pile that we can actually use

Weeding beds

Work with the Youth Urban Farmers on maintaining the garden

Container Gardening

Bring your own containers for the container gardening sessions at NW LA Interfaith Pharmacy. Examples of containers include old pots, buckets, shoes, anything that can hold soil and drain water.

RRCCG Celebrates 5 Years!

June 15th, 2014, RRCCG will celebrate its 5th birthday. Tour 3 community gardens from 2pm to 5pm along Olive St. in Shreveport. Each garden will offer a learning activity and a healthy seasonal snack. Save room for salad, soup, and Birthday cake! See you there!