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Wild parsnip is an invasive weed that has become increasingly troublesome in Ontario and throughout Prince Edward County. It is a very adaptable plant that can grow up to about five feet, and spread in many conditions. It is found in open fields, along roadsides, hiking rails and agricultural land. the seeds are spread by wind, mowers and other equipment.
The Prince Edward County Master Gardeners urge you to familiarize yourself with this plant – which can cause painful burns to the skin. The sap of the wild parsnip, once exposed to sunlight, cahe skin to itch, blister and burn. Symptoms can last for several months.
The PEC Master Gardeners are in the process of developing a plan to control wild parsnip in the county. To report an infestation of Wild Parsnip, the County Customer Service at -476-2148, ext.

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Carell Doerrbecker and Sheila Kuja discuss pollinator friendly plants at the PEC Naturalists' Plant Sale last weekend at Birdhouse City.

Carell Doerrbecker and Sheila Kuja discuss pollinator friendly plants at the PEC Naturalists’ Plant Sale last weekend at Birdhouse City.

The Prince Edward County Master Gardeners and the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists held wildly successful plant sales last weekend and also provided expert assistance and information to County gardeners. The Master Gardeners continued to share information about Wild Parsnip and the Naturalists helped spread the word about plants that are good pollinators. (See below).

The PEC Master Gardeners provided plants and information to gardeners visiting their sale at the Metro parking lot last weekend.

The PEC Master Gardeners provided plants and information to gardeners visiting their sale at the Metro parking lot last weekend.

Mason Bees are one of the most misunderstood friends in the garden.

MarkCullen-231-masonbeeMason Bees nest in 3⁄8” (.95 cm) tubes like the ones found in Home Hardware’s new Mark’s Choice® Mason Bee House. All you do is mount the house out of the wind, about 6 1⁄2 feet high (2 m), and clean it out with a drill once a year. Place mason bee houses as close as possible to plants that will benefit from pollination.

The female mason bee enters a nesting cell head first to regurgitate nectar, then backs out, turns around, and backs in to deposit pollen. The last load for the cell is nectar only, to which she attaches the egg. The egg hatches in about one week. There are five larval stages, and the second stage is when the pollen wad is used for food. The developing larva will cocoon in the fifth stage and pupate in late summer. Then it takes about a month to meta-morphose into an adult bee, which will hibernate until the following spring.

The female mason bee allows about 3⁄4” (1.9 cm) of the hole for the new bee to develop, at which point she constructs a mud wall to seal the chamber — thus the name ‘mason’ bee. Then she starts collecting pollen and nectar for the next egg. She continues this procedure until the hole is filled. In her lifetime, a female mason bee can lay 30 to 35 eggs. The female mason bee is very wise; she lays the females at the back of the hole and the males towards the front. In the event of predator attacks the males are sacrificed first, hopefully leaving the females to reproduce the next year.

HOME HARDWARE PICTONIn the spring, the males emerge first and wait for the females to leave the nest, generally a few days later. Shortly after mating, the female gets to work gathering pollen for the next generation of mason bees. The male mason bees also visit flowers but only to get nectar for their own consumption.

Mason bee houses should be cleaned after the adult bees emerge in the spring by reaming the nesting cavity in the nesting box with a 3⁄8” (.95 cm) drill bit. You will know the bees have emerged from the tubes when the mud plug is gone.

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Black plastic is not recyclable

Gardeners’ alert! Black plastic is not recyclable, and is not accepted in the blue box.

The gardening season produces a large amount of planters, pots and soil bags. And while a lot of these can be put in the blue box, there are rules.

“The plastic processors who purchase this material from us do not want black plastic, or dirty plastic. It’s not recyclable,” said Dan Orr, Communications Coordinator for Quinte Waste Solutions. “The revenue we see from sales goes directly into our operating budget. If dirty or black plastic makes its way into the plastic we sell, it counts as contamination and we see less revenue, which then has a direct effect on municipal taxes.”

Other coloured planters and pots are accepted, but they must be clean, have a recycling symbol with a number 1,2, or 5 on them, and be free of hangers and handles. Stack the clean, non-black planters and put them in your blue box with your other clean plastic containers. Soil bags are recyclable, but they must be clean, dry, and stuffed into a bag with other film (soft) plastic bags, such as grocery bags. Place this bag of bags on top of your paper designated blue box on recycling day.

“If you’re not willing to clean out these pots and planters, don’t put them in the blue box. Ask your garden centre or nursery if they will take back black plastic planters, or find ways to reuse them,” says Dan, “we’ve been talking about our operating budget for a few years now, and many savings come from how and what we all put to the curb on recycling day.”

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