Category Other Event of Interest
Date(s) - Tue Apr 20, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hosted by Twin Cities Chapter of Wild Ones
Presenter: Julia Vanatta
Part II of March April Mini-Series: A Growing Need to Observe, Protect and Contain
In 2020, as we just became aware of how quickly Jumping Worms were infesting our local gardens, Wild Ones Twin Cities considered canceling our popular donated plant sale, which was hosted by Julia at her garden in Minneapolis. While not wanting to unknowingly spread an invasive species, we believed we were thorough in our efforts to minimize any risk. As we continue to learn more, we can no longer make that assumption and will no longer host this event. In the fall, Julia began to experiment with transferring plants via bare roots. This technique is new to many of us, and testing is still in progress. She will share what she has learned thus far along with other tips for managing our gardens to protect them from unwanted guests, more importantly to be certain we don’t accidentally share any invasive species with another gardener.
Part I, Jumping Worms, the Latest Threat to Our Gardens and Wild Areas, presented on March 16th, covers important information on how to identify Jumpiing Worms. A recording of the program can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8vqA4hRfiY&t=185s.
Julia Vanatta has been a homeowner and active member of Longfellow Community in Minneapolis since the late ’70s. Getting serious about gardening roughly 20 years ago, Julia has used her own gardens to experiment and learn all she can about native plants and the wildlife they support, especially insects. For the past 15 years, Julia has been active as a leader in various capacities for Wild Ones Twin Cities. More recently she started the Facebook group, Native Plant Gardens in the Upper Midwest, a discussion group where members engage in an exchange of ideas and practices for local ecosystem gardening.