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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

From the Registrar August 10, 2022

Hello Gardeners, 

Eagle Heights tree island: A volunteer crew cleaned up the Tree Island at the end of the 600s row. If you’re not familiar with it, this is a spot that we share with other garden groups and there are some nice benches in the shade. If you’re looking for a place to rest or have lunch, this space is now very welcoming thanks to the group that did a workday there! Please note that the other tree island, labeled “North Tree Island” on the map, and at the end of the 700s, belongs to the Preserve, and is not open to gardeners: https://eagleheightsgardens.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/EHG-UHG-Plots-2021.pdf 


No food waste in FHKing compost or weed piles: I have been asked to inform all gardeners that no food waste can be accepted in the gardens. The FHKing gardens by Eagle Heights are run by a group of UW students, and they maintain their compost pile according to strict guidelines. The weed piles at both Eagle Heights and University Houses are only intended for weeds and other garden waste.  


Workshop ideas: If you have a skill or interest that you think would make a good garden workshop, please let me know. The committee will review all suggestions, and we hope to have some interesting classes and opportunities for gardeners to share their knowledge and ideas.  

 
Thanks, and happy gardening,  

Lily 

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

From the Registrar: Aug 2, 2022

 Hello Gardeners,   

 

Parasitized bean beetle larvae: Rather than the live, yellow larvae of the Mexican bean beetles, the larvae parasitized by the wasps are brown. Please don’t crush the parasitized larvae! These are exactly what we want to see, and more wasps will hatch from them.  

 

Theft: I’m sorry to have to include this in the update again, but there continue to be reports of theft in the gardens. Please remember not to take plants, tools, fences, or anything else from another plot. More often though, it is not fellow gardeners taking these things, but people passing through. Our gardens are a popular walking place, and this does leave them more open to theft. It’s helpful to get to know your neighbors.  

 

Too many beans? Bean plants can be very prolific, and you may find yourself with more green beans than you can eat. However, green beans can be frozen and used later. While it’s possible to freeze them raw, the result when you cook with them later may not be very good. It’s better to blanch them first to retain quality and flavor. This is a useful guide to freezing vegetables from PennState Extension: https://extension.psu.edu/freezing-vegetables   

 

Weed your fences: Please remember to keep fences weeded. There are a lot of trees growing along fences and becoming quite large. Trees are easy to remove when they’re small, but quite difficult once they become established. 

 

 
Thanks, and happy gardening,  

Lily 

 

 

 

Thursday, July 14, 2022

From the Registrar: July 14, 2022

 Hello Gardeners,   

Reminder: Reporting maintenance issues: Please use this new form to report all maintenance and repair requests (It is ONLY for maintenance requests): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyjHBH_xBH229AVwmqTE-2L3znGrLwn3TNJfw2ri9T01MMfA/viewform 


It can also be accessed from the website, on the sidebar and under the “Gardeners” tab: https://eagleheightsgardens.org/  


Mexican bean beetles: There have been some sightings of bean beetles at Eagle Heights Gardens. The Mexican bean beetle (Epilachna varivestis) is in the same family as ladybugs, and the adults resemble an orange ladybug. The larvae are yellow and spiny: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/bean/mexican_bean_beetle.htm 


As we have in previous years, we have ordered parasitic wasps (Pediobius faveolatus) to try to keep them under control. Please look at your beans and let me know if you have bean beetles in your plot. We’re looking for volunteers with bean beetles willing to have the wasps put in their plots. These wasps are very small and don’t sting people.  


Independent workday opportunities: Please contact me if you’re interested in doing an independent workday weeding and/or mulching. The workday is the same three-hour time commitment, but it can be done on your own schedule if completed within the allotted time. 


Sunday workday opportunity: There will be a group workday at Eagle Heights Gardens this Sunday 7/17 from 1:30-4:30 pm. The work crew will be cleaning up a common area with a garden worker. We will need six volunteers. Please email me if you’re interested and I will assign spots in the order people reply. 


Water outages at EH: We have not had any updates yet from the UW plumbers about when they will be making the needed repairs. I have emailed them to request that they prioritize it as we are expecting hot weather. I will let everyone know as soon as we are given more information.  
 
Thanks, and happy gardening,  

Lily 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

From the Registrar: June 29, 2022

 Hello Gardeners,   

IMPORTANT! Reporting maintenance issues: Please use this new form to report all maintenance and repair requests: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyjHBH_xBH229AVwmqTE-2L3znGrLwn3TNJfw2ri9T01MMfA/viewform 

It will also always be available via the website, both on the sidebar and under the Gardeners tab: https://eagleheightsgardens.org/  


Responses to this form will go directly to me and to the garden workers at the same time. Please ONLY use it for repair-related requests. All other questions should continue to go to the registrar’s email. Using this form for issues like water line problems will ensure that everyone gets the information as soon as possible. 


Dogs in the gardens must be leashed: We continue to have problems with unleashed dogs in the gardens and we’ve had some recent complaints. Dogs can disrupt wildlife and cause damage to the Nature Preserve, in addition to damaging garden plots. Dogs must stay on a leash the whole time they are in the gardens, and violations can be subject to a fine. 


Workday opportunity: There will be a group workday at Eagle Heights Gardens this Sunday 7/3 from 1:30-4:30 pm. The work crew will be weeding fruit plantings with a garden worker. We will need five volunteers. Please email me if you’re interested and I will assign spots in the order people reply. 
 
Thanks, and happy gardening,  

Lily