“Mites aren’t an insect. They’re in a whole different family, along with spiders, ticks and scorpions,” Cloyd says. “Spraying an infested plant with an insecticide simply eliminates the mites’ natural enemies. Applications of carbaryl (Sevin, Adios, and Slam) have paved the way for some notably severe spider mite outbreaks.”
Here’s the recipe for the fresh salsa:
1½ pounds tomatoes, diced
½ cup finely diced onion
2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pinch cayenne pepper or more to taste
2 tablespoons lime juice
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt
1 pinch sugar
2 tablespoons minced fresh mint leaves
½ bunch cilantro, chopped
Drain tomatoes. Mix all ingredients and refrigerate 1 hour.
The cost for the program, which includes volunteering, is $100. Need-based scholarships are available to cover part of the cost.
Training will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays this fall.
The lunchtime lecture will be at 12:15 p.m. and is included in Botanica admission.
Lunch from Syl’s will be available for sale from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.