Why did the Garlic Mustard Cross the Road?

To contaminate the other side!

Garlic Mustard has been reported in as many as 37 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces- and it tries to spread, aggressively taking over more and more land every year. …Are you starting to get bummed out?  Don’t be!

 Our current total for this season is enough to fill a 2,000 sq. ft. house with 8 ft. ceilings! Or, if we translated the same number to semi trucks, we would have filled 4 of them with some garlic mustard to spare! Huge thanks to Leslie Kuhn in Mid-Michigan for crunching those numbers for us- What a great idea!  And we still have a few weeks to go in the competition! 


Since this challenge began in 2008, our awesome volunteers have pulled over 1 million pounds of Garlic Mustard plants. (1,266,370 as of today to be exact!)  If that isn’t impressive enough, consider the following:

For the sake of visualization purposes we will say there are 20 garlic mustard plants in a pound. (The average number of plants per pound varies so greatly that our experts suggested that we guess for now.)

Researchers have reported the amount of seeds produced by a single plant to be anywhere from 60 to 7,900!  Right now we’ll split the difference and say 3,980. 

Following these estimates, you all have kept over 100 Billion, 800 Million Garlic Mustard Seeds out of the seed bank.  That is truly something to be proud of!  Also remember that these seeds can stay viable in the ground for 5-7 years- so all your hard work really has a lasting impact!

Although these numbers are not exact, it is important to realize that your efforts are creating a larger effect than you realize. Keep up the great work and don’t forget to report your pull! 


One thought on “Why did the Garlic Mustard Cross the Road?

  1. These figures are “Totally Wicked!” quote from the little boy in the movie “Incredible’s”. Very encouraging. Thank-you! 🙂

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