Greens on the Red 2016

It’s almost here! The 3rd annual Greens on the Red festival is March 13th, 2016 at the parking lot next to Noel Methodist on Herndon st and Stephens st. Sunday 2pm to 4pm. Everything is free and open to the public. There will be Garden yoga,  music, and yummy greens to taste. Don’t forget the Gumbo Z’herbes! So come out and EAT YOUR GREENS!

REAPING THE HARVEST 2015

The Red River Coalition of Community Gardens will celebrating Fall by kicking off the grand opening of the We Grow Together! Campus on Martha St at Herndon St intersection in Stonerhill subdivision of Shreveport Louisiana, one block west of Caddo Magnet High School (on Viking Drive). Come harvest purple hull peas, plant a fall garden, sample seasonal foods, and learn interesting health facts with us. Bring your own chair to the event. The festivities take place Saturday, September 12th, 2015, !0am to noon. For more information, call 318 840 1565Fresh produce stand Or find us on Facebook.

Greens on the Red festival 2015

The 2nd annual Greens on the Red festival is coming March 15th, 2015, in the Highland Community garden at the corner of Stephens and Herndon, in Shreveport, LA. This year is bigger and better so don’t miss it. March 15th 2-4 pm. See you there.

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