The eighth season of the Children’s Vegetable Garden has come to a close. The last day in the garden was bustling with families harvesting their crops and sharing with each other the bounty of their hard work over the last three months.
Do you want to make a difference in Phil Hardberger Park? Join the Weed Warriors as they work beside our park staff to beautify the park. WW's sometimes remove non-native plants, plant native plants, remove trash, and build and repair trails.
Cochineal is a scale insect and is found on prickly pear cactus, Opuntia engelmanii. As a rasping, sucking insect, it feeds on the tasty juices of the cactus. It produces a cottony white covering to protect itself from predators.
If you can, avoid being in the sun during the hottest part of the day, usually between 2-4:30 p.m. Phil Hardberger Park doesn't close until sunset, so make use of the longer days and come check out the park in the evening.