Garlic Mustard Grim Reaper

By Lucia May 16, 2017

This kindly woman (whose name I forget) may hold the record for pulling the most garlic mustard of anyone in New England.

This time of year, garlic mustard appears on roadsides, in backyards, and most dangerously, on farms. It was brought here as a culinary herb, but has quickly became an invasive species. Trees normally communicate beneath the soil, and can send each other nutrients. Garlic mustard blocks that process. And one plant can produce 15 baby plants in a matter of days so it’s really scary how fast it can spread.

Today a group of us (Clover general managers plus an interviewee) helped pull garlic mustard at Blue Heron Farm. Garlic mustard: beautiful, very dangerous, and delicious. If you see it, pull it up, you’ll be doing the earth a favor. The silver lining: it makes an awesome pesto. More pictures after the break. 

The group with Ellery (farmer at Blue Heron) and the folks from the Lincoln Conservancy.

Nancy, MVP of the afternoon. We are praying she didn’t get a tick!

The villainous Garlic Mustard. It looks so innocent!

Neil (CloverWST) assessing a garlic mustard patch.

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