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#60259 - 09/19/11 03:42 PM Re: Gunks Invasive Species list [Re: oenophore]
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Japanese stiltgrass is seeding now so if you cut it and move it the seeds will spread. If you cut it now make sure to burn the grass to prevent seed dispersal.
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#64536 - 05/03/12 01:36 AM Re: Gunks Invasive Species list [Re: oenophore]
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Garlic Mustard is flowering now. For those who are interested it's a good time to pull this very invasive herb. It also happens to be quite tasty and we regularly serve it on our invasive species menu in the spring. Just make sure to eat the leaves and discard the root and stem in the trash. Young rosettes are tastier than older plants and can be made into pesto, or cooked like spinach.

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#64550 - 05/03/12 10:11 AM Re: Gunks Invasive Species list [Re: Advocacy group]
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I don't recall seeing garlic mustard in any seed catalog. If it's so tasty, might it be missed if eradicated? Or is that highly unlikely?
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#64551 - 05/03/12 10:54 AM Re: Gunks Invasive Species list [Re: oenophore]
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It is so prolific that it changes complete forest ecosystems and is banned from sale in many if not all states. We are involved in a pull right now that is going well, plus you get to bring home all the GM you want for dinner. It would be a great service to the environment if the Mohonk Preserve had every visitor pull a hand full of this stuff on the way in and on the way out. I know that there have been Garlic Mustard pulls at other preserves.


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#64588 - 05/03/12 04:49 PM Re: Gunks Invasive Species list [Re: oenophore]
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I don't recall seeing garlic mustard in any seed catalog. If it's so tasty, might it be missed if eradicated? Or is that highly unlikely?


Quoted from the Catskills Native Nursery Catskills Native Nursery Facebook 2011 post:

BAD PLANT, BAD!
Now is the time when one of the worst invasive plants makes itself prominent, I'm talking about GARLIC MUSTARD (Alliaria petiolata). This rampant weed is an ecological threat to native plants and animals in the forest communities of The Catskills (and other places).

Many native wildflowers that complete their life cycles in the springtime (e.g., spring beauty, wild ginger, bloodroot, Dutchman's breeches, hepatica, toothworts, and trilliums) occur in the same habitat as garlic mustard. Once introduced to an area, garlic mustard outcompetes native plants by aggressively monopolizing light, moisture, nutrients, soil and space. Wildlife species that depend on these early plants for their foliage, pollen, nectar, fruits, seeds and roots, are deprived of these essential food sources when garlic mustard replaces them. Humans are also deprived of the vibrant display of beautiful spring wildflowers. White-tailed deer worsen the problem because they prefer native plants to garlic mustard, thus large deer populations may help to expand its range by removing competing native plants and exposing the soil and seedbed through trampling.

Invasions of garlic mustard are causing the extinction of the woodland toothwort butterflies because the butterfly cannot tell the difference between garlic mustard and wildflowers known as "toothworts" (Dentaria), also in the mustard family, that are the primary food source for the caterpillar stage of this butterfly. Chemicals in garlic mustard appear to be toxic to the eggs of the butterfly, as evidenced by their failure to hatch when laid on garlic mustard plants by the confused mother butterfly.

A single garlic mustard plant can produce thousands of seeds. Herbicides are not very effective against this plant and the best method to control it is pulling it up by hand. Care must be taken to remove the plant with its entire root system because new plants can sprout from root fragments. Do not put the plant in your compost bin because the plant has properties that damage soil and make it difficult for other plants to grow. In a study in Ontario, scientists found that sugar maple and other hardwood seedlings grew much slower and did not germinate as well in soil areas infested with garlic mustard.

Yes, you can eat garlic mustard, but it's a powerfully stinky and your skin and breath will smell like it for 24 hours after ingesting. If you want to eat it, I suggest you pull up the whole plant, harvest the leaves and throw the rest in the garbage. You might be saving a toothwort butterfly or sugar maple seedling in the process.

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#64657 - 05/04/12 04:03 PM Re: Gunks Invasive Species list [Re: Mim]
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"Yes, you can eat garlic mustard, but it's a powerfully stinky and your skin and breath will smell like it for 24 hours after ingesting. If you want to eat it, I suggest you pull up the whole plant, harvest the leaves and throw the rest in the garbage. You might be saving a toothwort butterfly or sugar maple seedling in the process."


This is not true! Actually the young plants are quite tasty and can be eaten raw or cooked like spinach. It will not make your breath and skin smell for 24 hrs. Discard as the article suggests or burn it to prevent further spread. Here are a couple of ideas for eating.

Creamed garlic mustard
garlic mustard pesto
raw in salad

Use only young leaves or the micro green shoots for best flavor.
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#65082 - 05/31/12 02:43 AM Re: Gunks Invasive Species list [Re: Advocacy group]
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Garlic Mustard has bolted and is ready to pick now. It pulls out quickly so get it before it goes to seed and burn it or bag it and send to the dump. Japanese Stilt Grass is just starting to come up and is about 5" now. Wait until it matures to pull or it will go to seed early. Multiflora Rose is also in bloom now so pull it if you see it! This was introduced by DEC for erosion control......
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#65235 - 06/04/12 04:33 PM Re: Gunks Invasive Species list [Re: Advocacy group]
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western new paltz bitch weed is a problem this season.

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#65245 - 06/04/12 07:30 PM Re: Gunks Invasive Species list [Re: crimpy]
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LOL!

So AG is on record approving controlled burns of garlic mustard.
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#65711 - 06/25/12 01:39 PM Re: Gunks Invasive Species list [Re: oenophore]
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At freshkills park goats take a bite out of an invasive species:

New York City's Parks Department is hoping an invasive marsh grass on Staten Island is no match for the insatiable appetites of 20 Anglo-Nubians.
Those are goats, just to be clear.
The four-legged lawnmowers were deployed last week along the shore of wetlands in what will be Freshkills Park, where non-native marsh grasses called phragmites have forced out native grasses like spartina, hurting the local ecosystem.
Park administrator Eloise Hirsh said the goats fit in with the eco-friendly mission of the park, which is being built atop a former landfill.
"Everything that we build on the site is going to express sustainability," she said. "We're going to have composting toilets and wind-powered comfort stations and geothermal heated buildings."
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