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Worms In Your Raspberries?


This year that little worm may be the larvae for the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) (aka Cherry Vinegar fly). The fly has been known to the area since 2009, and is common in many areas around the country now. The SWD attacks cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, plums, grapes and nectarines. Breeding sites are found where there is overripe or fallen fruit. Fruits become infected near harvest time (that’s blueberries and raspberries now).

Find out more about SWD in the WSU Factsheet FS049E. WSU also has information about damage, monitoring and management in their Orchard Pest Management pages.

See videos for Spotted Wing Drosophila on the Oregon State University site.

Spring into the Garden

And now the fun begins.  In King County, we wait impatiently for spring, even though our winters are relatively mild compared to the rest of the country.  The bulbs you planted last fall are blooming, and the flowering plum and cherry trees put on a wonderful show.  Incessant rain may keep us indoors; fortunately there are some outdoor and indoor activities that will get you started.

 

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Cesar Chavez Demo Garden Reopens

Cesar Chavez Demo Garden 2014On June 28th, the newly remodeled Cesar Chavez Demonstration Garden opened! Located in front of El Centro de la Raza (2524 16th Ave. S.) — just steps north of the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station – the new garden is turning heads! Read all about the garden and the renovation.

Visit this wonderful garden that demonstrates the ease of growing food in an urban environment, in addition to providing horticultural information to the public. It is a joy to work in the new garden and listen to all the public comment on and complement what they are seeing. This is a great opportunity to provide education and have the draw of our new digs. Come check us out!” — Mick Duggan, CCDG MG Garden Lead




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