Eco-Friendly Pest Management with Bugs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

“The Ladybug wears no disguises / She is just what she advertises. / A speckled spectacle of spring, / A fashion statement on the wing. / A miniature orange kite. / A tiny dot-to-dot delight.” ― J. Patrick Lewis Pretty much everyone likes ladybugs. It’s leftover from childhood. Some mothers tell their children it’s a sign of good luck if a ladybug lands on you. And almost every child in California learns killing a ladybug is bad luck. Catching them, cupping them and letting them go – or putting them on a favorite plant – is quite OK. There’s a reason for that: ladybugs are near the top of the list of “Good Bugs.” Most gardeners know: when it comes to insects, there’s definitely “The Good,

Going Fast: Still a Few Beds for Rent in the Town Green Community Garden

The Town Green Community Garden has a small number of beds still available for rent. All beds are irrigated; plot renters agree to use only natural pest control methods and contribute six hours per year of volunteer time maintaining the common areas of the garden. Still available: Four 4x8-foot beds ($60/year); Four 4x4-foot beds ($35/year); and one 4x4 sponsored bed (free to people, families or non-profit groups who qualify). For details and applications, go to the Town Green Community Garden page on the Windsor Garden Club website. Spanish version also available! Versión en español también disponible!

Succulent Basics Workshop March 19

Still sweet on succulents? The Windsor Garden Club Succulents Group is hosting another “Succulent Basics” workshop at the Town Green Community Garden on Sunday, March 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Community Garden is at Windsor Road and Joe Rodota Way. Come to the garden and look for the happy people inside -- by the greenhouse. The Succulents Group will go over identification, care, placement, and potting ideas for succulents. Bring cuttings of your favorites to share if you'd like. Photo courtesy Stylesource.com

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