Garlic Mustard: The Burning Question

During the Garlic Mustard Challenge, we talk primarily about pulling garlic mustard by hand. That’s the easiest way for anybody to get involved. It doesn’t require any special equipment or training, and people of many ages and levels of stewardship experience can participate. However, many professional organizations (as well as well-versed and well-equipped private landowners) … Continue reading

Garlic Mustard – Wildly invasive, wildly nutritious!

Shawn Severance (Washtenaw County Parks Natural Area Preservation Program) shares today’s piece with us after their May 3rd event, “Garlic Mustard: Hike to Harvest.” Spring is in the air! The birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, and Garlic Mustard is in the forest…. everywhere! Garlic mustard is wildly invasive AND a nutrition-packed powerhouse. It … Continue reading

See Who’s Pulling Ahead in Week 3

Happy May Day! Looking at the window and at the weather forecast, it seems like the perfect time to celebrate the return of greenery and warmer temperatures. Spring is really here to stay, and summer’s not too far away. And we have 5,582 more reasons for you to celebrate this May Day, and each one … Continue reading

Impressive Advances Made in Week 2

We’ve more than quintupled our total pounds of Garlic Mustard Pulled over the past week, bringing our total up to 2,378 pounds. Way to go, people! That’s an amazing accomplishment. I want to take a moment to pause and look at this accomplishment in terms of time rather than pounds. So far, you’ve collectively reported … Continue reading

16 Reasons to Pull Garlic Mustard this Spring

  IN BLOOM NOW (April 20th in southwest Michigan): Bloodroot – flowers may fall off with this rain Cutleaf Toothwort Downy Yellow Violet Dutchman’s Breeches – more than I’ve ever seen. Large patches. False Rue Anemone – large patches Hepatica – may be the last week for this Scarlet Cup Fungi Spring Beauty Skunk Cabbage … Continue reading

Week 1: Updates

I am very pleased to announce that so far, we’ve collectively pulled 450 pounds of garlic mustard! By our estimation, that’s 15 large trash bags full. That’s an awful lot when you take a look at the size of those rosettes. Big kudos go out to our early reporters and their helpers in the field. … Continue reading