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Sam and Layanee
Guess Who's Coming to Your Picnic
June is the time for eating outdoors. Fire up the grill, or spread a blanket out for wine, cheese and crackers. In no time, your meal will look tasty to a host of flying or crawling insects. Don't "shoo " worry, some are actually very wanted dinner guests.
Did you know that for every person on earth there are 200 million insects?
Wasps are insects and there are about 75,000 species of wasps, some stinging and some not. Wasps are
important pollinators, important predators and are often preyed upon making them an important part of the food chain.
Wasps are similar to bees in that they rely on pollen and nectar from a variety of flowers for their energy needs. True wasps capture insects or spiders for food for their larvae with the use of stingers. Not all wasps sting humans.
The braconid wasp lays her eggs in the body of the green tomato hornworm. As the larvae develop they feed on the hornworm eating their way out and eventually sucking all the life out of it, leaving a green, shriveled mass. They are quite identifiable as white clusters resembling rice on the back of the hornworm. Leave
these alone and your tomatoes will be safer for it.
Insects are an important part of the environment and learning a bit more about the wasp may take the sting out of your next encounter.
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What to do about Japanese beetles
Father's Day toilet trivia
Tune in Sunday as Sam and Layanee will be discussing the Asian longhorned beetle problem with special guest
Public Information Officer with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Massachusetts' natural beauty is part of what draws people in, but it's also what is drawing in the Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive species destroying several native tree species. Know what to look for, and by being a tree hero, we can eliminate this pest from Massachusetts.
Tip of the Week
This Father's day, fire up the grill and throw on some fresh veggies. A splash of olive oil and vinegar will wake up all your senses on those perfectly char-broiled onions, asparagus, peppers, etc. A trip to the farmer's market the day before will furnish you with what's fresh, in season, and wonderfully gourmet.
Did You Know?
A species name derived from the Latin hortus, a garden
means literally a woman gardener, but as a specific name it has been applied to many, sometimes beautiful plants. As a common name it is also widely used by gardeners for Hydrangea macrophylla.
Having the petals united to form a one-piece, or nearly one-piece corolla, as in the bellflower and other plants.
Opposite term from Gamopetalous, it indicates that the petals are separate, as in the rose and hundreds of garden flowers.
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Tips from the coop
If possible, let the chickens out of their pen in a protected area. They will enjoy the new territory to forage for plants, bugs and seeds. You'll noticed a difference in the eggs with richer looking yolks.
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European Cranberry Bush
The European cranberry bush is a large shrub which will grow ten feet tall with a slightly narrower spread. It is quite reliably hardy to temperatures below -20F. It prefers full sun to partial shade, well drained soil and is adaptable to many soil types.
This shrub starts blooming in early May. The flowers are 2 ½ to 3" in diameter, sterile and cover this shrub with white blooms. It looks like a hydrangea in flower but the three lobed, maple like green leaves will tell you that it is definitely a viburnum. The flowers will be apple green in youth and mature to the fully white blossoms adorning this shrub. The branching is medium in texture with a bit of arching adding to its old fashioned yet elegant charm. The fall color ranges from yellow to burgundy. This shrub deserves a place in your garden, don't you think?
Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'
Photography by Layanee DeMerchant --from the Garden Guys®
Something to Chew On
Technically cucumbers are a fruit but are prepared, eaten and thought of as a vegetable. The definition of a fruit is that part of a plant which houses seeds including tomatoes, apples and cucumbers. A vegetable is defined as a vegetative part of the plant including roots, stems and leaves. Cucumbers have an amazing capacity to retain water and to remain cool. The interior flesh may be up to twenty degrees cooler than the exterior rind. A proven fact that explains the old expression "cool as a cucumber".
From Specialty Produce
Watermelon and Cucumber Gazpacho
This fresh, colorful soup makes a great summer starter.
1 3-pound seedless watermelon, diced (about 5 cups), divided
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, diced (about 1 cup)
1 medium-size red bell pepper, seeded, diced (about 1 cup
1 medium-size yellow bell pepper, seeded, diced (about 1 cup)
1 small jalapeño chile, seeded, minced
3 pale green inner celery stalks, diced (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 small red onion, diced (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Puree 4 cups watermelon in blender until smooth. Transfer puree to large bowl. Add remaining 1 cup diced watermelon and next 10 ingredients; stir to combine. Cover gazpacho and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
Divide gazpacho among bowls; top with dollop of crème fraîche.
Makes 4 servings.
From Bon Appétit
by Cat Cora
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