Posted in April 2013

Early Work

As some of our volunteers who pulled in snow flurries can attest, the 2013 season has been a little chilly. The temperatures have repressed the growth of everything- not just our invasive friend.  It’s easy to get discouraged by lower bag counts after early season pulls, but you must remember the results of the great … Continue reading

Week 2 Summary

Week 2 into the Challenge and our steady progress is continuing! First of all, we need to give a big shout out to Cub Scout Pack 8 in Waterford, Michigan, Girl Scouts in Carmel, Indiana, and students from Ann Arbor Community High School who volunteered to pull Garlic Mustard this week! You all are awesome- … Continue reading

Recognizing the Rocket: Part 2

Narrow-leaf Bittercress as described by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service: “biennial herbaceous plant; with erect form; 6″-31″ tall; shiny green in color
- stem leaves alternate; numerous (6-20); thin and pliable; up to 4″ long, or longer
- lower and middle stem leaves have 6-9 pairs of long-pointed, somewhat lobed leaflets
- small ears of the leaf … Continue reading

Happy Earth Day!

Today folks from all walks of life come together to protect the Earth. Why do we celebrate on April 22? Many consider today to be the anniversary of the modern environmental movement that began in the 1970’s. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency as well as … Continue reading

Week 1 Update

The first week of the challenge is off to a great start. We have a few competitors who have hit the ground running! Most importantly, we can report a total of 1,136 pounds pulled. This number is quite amazing given the weather challenges many of us have faced in the past week. Some of our friends … Continue reading

Recognizing the Rocket: Part 1

Dame’s Rocket is originally from Eurasia and was brought over to the U.S. in the 1600’s. It is now a common garden plant with small purple and pink flowers. Make sure to count the four distinct petals, as some native species of Phlox look very similar but have five petals. It blooms throughout the summer. … Continue reading

Rocket Boost

Those of you who have been reporting your bags may have seen “Rocket Boost” on our form. This addition to the competition allows for your bags of Garlic Mustard to be “boosted” with some other types of invasive plants. Accepted species are currently limited to Dames Rocket and Narrow-leaf Bittercress. Rocket Boost’s purpose is to … Continue reading

The Garlic Mustard Glossary

Every year we grow our Garlic Mustard community with new participants in the challenge. First off, Welcome to the team! If you’re feeling a little lost when the old pros start chatting in the field, here is a little cheat sheet for some of that terminology. Alliaria petiolata: The scientific name for Garlic Mustard. We … Continue reading

Garlic Mustard Signs

Thanks to all of you who joined us this afternoon for the Garlic Mustard Webcast! Joan Meyer was kind enough to share the signage she referenced in her presentation (see link at the bottom) and included a little bit of advice: – Print on 11×17 cover stock paper in color – Use political wires for … Continue reading

The Challenge is Underway!

The 2013 Garlic Mustard Challenge has begun! Last year’s success was truly inspiring- we can’t wait to see what another year of working together brings! The cluster competition is heating up with some groups already reporting pulls. (Way to go Nature Conservancy and Huron Clinton Metroparks volunteers!) You can find the reporting form by clicking … Continue reading