Workday Wrapup 4.21.12

Today we took a break from row construction to tend to our young plants, repair some rows where weeds had broken through our defenses, and also plant more seedlings.

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We also spent some time learning about the tenacious aphid (their behavior, reproduction, means of communication) and also to admire a lady bug larva — one of the aphids fiercest predators.

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While everyone knows what a lady bug looks like, comparatively few know that they start off looking like this. Learn to identify them so you don’t mistake them for a pest!

Speaking of pests, we spent some time playing detective and trying to figure out what was ravaging our mustard greens. The culprit? Flea beetles.

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Volunteer Lou picked ’em off with tweezers for over an hour, and Lisa S. returned some hours later with a few organic remedies that we hope will do the trick.