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Black Swallowtail Drops Larva on Parsley Today

14 Jul

Isn’t she pretty?!?!

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Day 10 of Monarch Chrysalis: Butterfly Will Emerge Within Days

14 Jul

Day10Monarch The caterpillar went to chrysalis about 9-10 days ago, so it should be nearing emergence!  The warm weather likely speeds the process.

Benji and I may tag this butterfly and track it through the Monarch Watch program, if we can get tagging materials in time…  (more).

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Painted Lady Butterfly Gets Pollen From Echinacea Flower

14 Jul

See Captive Monarch Caterpillar in Crysalis

11 Jul

Take two, with images!

It’s hard to see, but the Monarch caterpillar that I captured and put in a habitat “cage” last week has transformed to crysalis stage. In a couple of weeks, she will emerge as a Monarch butterfly and migrate toward Mexico!

Exciting that CV native milkweed supports this at-risk species! Thanks to Maura, Tom, Liam and Griffin for lending the habitat. -Denise

Related: Why Monarch Caterpillars Are Such a Big Deal

Captive Monarch Caterpillar Goes Into Crysalis

11 Jul

It’s hard to see, but the Monarch caterpillar that I captured and put in a habitat “cage” last week has transformed to crysalis stage. In a couple of weeks, she will emerge as a Monarch butterfly and migrate toward Mexico!

Exciting that CV native milkweed supports this at-risk species! Thanks to Maura, Tom, Liam and Griffen for lending the habitat. -Denise

Happy 4th of July!

4 Jul

At least 5 Monarch caterpillars are thriving.

Today’s Headcount: Six

3 Jul

There are six fat and juicy Monarch caterpillars on the CV milkweed.

The Monarch Caterpillars Live!!!!

2 Jul

They disapeared from the milkweed atop the slide, and I assummed the worst. But today I saw two bigger ones munching on milkweed by the fence. I draped row cover over one…

Monarch Caterpillars Are Here!

29 Jun

I found three caterpillars on milkweed in the play area today!

Since the ones that visited last year seemingly succumbed to predators (they all vanished suddenly), I took steps to protect them.

The plants are wrapped, loosely, with row cover that lets in light and water. We’ll see if it helps them survive…

Many Thanks, Strawberry-Based Treat Recipes, and Party Pics

15 Jun

bowelIMG_6199Thank You!

Thanks to all who attended or donated to the garden for our Strawberries and Salad kickoff party last weekend.  Partygoers enjoyed fresh berries, sweet homemade baked goods, savory strawberry bruschetta, and more.  Find recipes, and photos, below.

CVEarthlab garden is self-funded and we are still collecting donations for the summer season.  If you’d like to help us grow, we thankfully accept financial donations via Shari Rueckl (195 Adams St, #15B).  Checks can be made out to CVOI; Venmo electronic donations go to @misssha.  Learn more about annual needs and membership here

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

Ingredients

Crumble topping

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 14 Tablespoons of melted butter
Strawberry rhubarb filling
  • 3 cups (12 oz chopped rhubarb—1/2”
  •   pieces)
  • 2 quarts chopped strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Topping: Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, granulated and brown sugar, lemon zest. Add the melted butter and cut with 2 butter knives as you would a pie crust. Refrigerate.
Filling: In a large bowl combine the strawberries, rhubarb, lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Mix well and pour into a 9” by 13” baking pan. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. Take the crumble mixture out of the refrigerator and crumble with your hands evenly over the fruit filling.
Bake for 45-50 minutes.
It is done when fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden brown in spots.
Let crisp rest out of the oven for 15 minutes before serving. Can be served topped with vanilla ice cream.

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces or 3 cups of fresh strawberries
  • 16 to 20 Each thin baguette slices
  • Ounces soft goat cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. If desired, toast baguette slices in a 350°F oven for 10 minutes or until crisp. Cool.
  2. Hull strawberries. Slice each strawberry into several thin slices holding strawberry intact.
  3. Stir goat cheese and honey together in a small bowl; spread about 1 tablespoon onto each bread slice.
  4. Place strawberries on bread fanning strawberry over cheese. Repeat with remaining strawberries.

 

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