Wednesday, June 14, 2023

From the Registrar: June 14, 2023

 Hello Gardeners, 

DATCP survey: A plant pathogen survey will be conducted by DATCP at the Eagle Heights Garden location. The survey will involve taking samples from randomly selected plots. If you DO NOT want your plot to potentially be included in the survey, please let me know that you would like to opt out as soon as possible. All plots that do not opt out will be in the pool for random selection. Please read the survey description below:   

“The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection is conducting a vegetable crops pest survey for two plant pathogens: potato spindle tuber viroid and tomato brown rugose fruit virus. In late June or early July, two DATCP Plant Pest and Disease Specialists will visit the Eagle Heights community garden to survey and collect plant leaf samples. We will visit the garden plots once for survey and sample collection. DATCP staff will enter and collect samples from ten randomly chosen plots. These are plots where the gardener has given their permission to participate in the survey and contain either potato or tomato plants. We will collect a small amount of leaf tissue (1-2 inches) from each potato and tomato plant in that plot. We will take care to reduce the sample impact on the plants in each garden plot. After sample collection, they will be tested at DATCP's Plant Industry Bureau Laboratory for potato spindle tuber viroid and tomato brown rugose fruit virus. We will share the survey results with the Eagle Heights garden committee and the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. During our visit, we will bring fact sheets on the target plant diseases and be glad to answer questions. Funding for this multi-pest, early detection survey comes from the USDA Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey program.” 

Rain Garden plant donations: Thanks to EH gardeners Doug and Jim, and the help of a work crew last Saturday, the new rain garden installation at the end of the 100s row is looking fantastic. There have been some nice plant donations, but they are still looking for a number of plants to fill the area. If you have plants from this list that you could donate, please let me know: 

  • Jacob's Ladder 

  • Wild Geranium 

  • Spiderwort  

  • Culver's Root 

  • Swamp milkweed  

  • Turtlehead 

  • Mountain mint 

  • Sedges  

  • Purple coneflower  

  • Black-eyed Susans 

  • Brown-eyed Susans 

  • Butterfly weed 


Colorado potato beetles: The potato beetles have started to come out for the season. You may have seen some adults on your potato plants, but many plants are just hosting eggs right now on the undersides of the leaves. This is a great time to check your plants and destroy the eggs before they hatch. Once the eggs hatch, plants can be quickly defoliated if there are many larvae. 

Potato beetles will eat anything in the Solanaceae family, including tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and tomatillos, but most of the damage we see is on potato plants. The best method for controlling them in your plot is to pick them off and dump them in soapy water.  

The link below from the University of Minnesota Extension has some good pictures of the beetles at each stage of life. Please remember that only organic control methods are allowed in Eagle Heights and the A and B rows of University Houses. The gardens sometimes spray Spinosad to control them, but it is too early to consider that. 

Gardens seeking additional garden worker: The Garden Committee is looking to hire another garden worker. This is a part-time position doing caretaking in the Gardens and leading volunteer workdays. If you are interested, or know anyone who is, please contact the Garden Committee Co-Chairs: Jessica Pritchard ( and Ninja Geiger (  

Thanks, and happy gardening,   




Monday, June 5, 2023

From the Registrar: June 5, 2023

 Hello Gardeners, 

Weeds: Please take a look at your plot and check for Artemesia and Canada Thistle. Many of the thistles in the gardens are close to flowering, and they should be removed before they do. If you can’t remove all the thistles right away, you can cut off the flower heads to prevent them from producing seed while you weed them out. Many plot borders are beginning to get weedy at this point in the season also. Please remember to keep the six inches around the sides of your plots clear. 

Please don’t enter any plots but your own: Please remember that you can only enter another gardener’s plot with their permission.  

Insect workshopEliza Pessereau, an Eagle Heights Gardener, will be leading an insect workshop organized by Insect Ambassadors this month at Eagle Heights Garden. Please see the message below for details:  

Garden Pests and Beneficial Insects Workshop at Eagle Heights Community Garden (June 24th, 1-3pm) 

Did you know that bees and flies help your garden produce fruit and vegetables, and that lady bugs and wasps help rid your garden of pests? Come learn about these bugs and more with UW Insect Ambassadors at the Eagle Heights Community Garden! We'll talk about how to attract and monitor bees with the WiBee app (available for free in the iTunes App store and on Google Play) and how to identify and manage garden pests with extension entomologist Russ Groves. This event is part of a larger series of Insect Community Science Events at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Registration is required 

Workday opportunity at Eagle Heights: There will be a workday at Eagle Heights next Saturday for the rain garden that is being put in at the end of the 100s row. Volunteers will be digging out the rain garden, planting, and mulching. The workday will be led by the gardeners managing the rain garden project. It will be held on Saturday 6/10 from 8:30-11:30 amWe would like six volunteers. Please email me if you’re interested, and I will assign spots in the order of replies.  

Thanks, and happy gardening,