Our community and Gilgamesh Brewing share Pringle Creek. We also share similar values on sustainability and keeping it local. At Pringle Creek Community, we strive for innovative and environmentally friendly approaches to gardening at our urban farm. Gilgamesh has sustainable practices like shipping their spent grain to a local farmer for cattle to eat. Gilgamesh has been brewing since 2009, and provides choices like hefeweizens, IPAs, and one beer is named after Terry Porter who played for the Portland Trail Blazers. If you combine beer and organic gardening (beer gardening), you will find some alternative ways of managing pests throughout the summer that could lead to a better harvest and perhaps more enjoyable barbeques.

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Quenching your thirst with an ice-cold beverage to beat the heat with your crew is a common summer pastime. However, do you ever wonder what to do with that unfinished beer a friend left at your last backyard shin-dig? You’re in luck. Beer and gardening go hand-in-hand when you’re wanting some R&R on a cool summer’s night. Beer also works well with getting rid of unwanted pests that feast on your prized eggplant, munch on those scrumptious tomatoes, or leave you with pesky itchy bites right on your sun-kissed farmer’s tan.

Mosquitos can be nuisances for an outdoor event. However, if you’re planning on serving beer and other carbonated beverages to your guests, you may be able to reuse materials already in your home that will remedy your mosquito problem. Take a two-liter bottle and cut it in half. Flip the top part upside down and put it snuggly into the lower half. Then, tape the seam up, so it’s sealed. Pour some of that leftover beer inside (1/2 can is usually enough), place it around your patio, and you’ll begin to see mosquitos and other flies take the plunge into your homemade device. Wasps and hornets may also be attracted to this garden trap. It’s the carbon dioxide given off by the yeast in the beer that attracts the insects as well as the funnel-like structure, which forms the trap. If you’d like to finish your tasty beer instead, then having a steady diet of garlic may also do the trick.

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If slugs are beginning to eat your fruits and veggies, simply use a container that’s a couple inches deep, and bury it to be flush with the soil. An old plastic margarine or yogurt container works well. This means that the open part of the container will look like a swimming pool to the slugs. Fill it up a few inches with beer, and slugs will be drawn to it. Another simple way of deterring slugs from your garden is to water in the morning rather than at night.

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These are just a few tips to managing your organic garden or backyard. At Pringle Creek Community, we’ve got our urban farm that community members and residents use. We are thankful for the volunteers who take the time to water, weed, and do so much more to help our community garden flourish. Think of our glass houses next time you’re in the neighborhood, and stop on by. Who knows, maybe it’ll be break time and we’ll be headed down one of our walking paths to Gilgamesh.