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June 2011 • Edition 11.22


Kevin's Korner


Beneficial Insects

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?

Your garden is now ripe for a devastating invasion of aphids, slugs and snails. Before we devise our battle plan to rid your garden of these pests, let's look at the inter-relationships in your backyard!

Who's an organic gardener going to turn to for help? Beneficial Insects of course! These beneficial insects are the natural enemies of garden pests. That's great news for growers because it means there is an effective, non-toxic approach for solving your bug blues.

Aphids are to ants what cows are to humans. Ants actually protect and herd aphids for the honeydew nectar they secrete. Ants use their antennae to stroke the aphids, thereby activating the secretion cycle. Thus, ant control should be part of the preventative cycle regarding aphid infestation. Get rid of the ants and it is much easier to get rid of their herds! We recommend AntPro Bait with the AntPro Bait Station, which meets standards for organic use and won’t harm beneficial insects! The ants will take the bait back to their colonies, which will kill them all.

Aphids can be brought under control culturally if the infestation is moderate. Often a thorough hosing of the afflicted plants will wash aphids away.

Biological controls include lady bugs and praying mantis colonies. Organic solutions include insecticidal soaps or pyrethrums.

Snails are also active with our combination of heat and moisture. In most cases, snails are easily controlled with bait products. For the more exotic approach, there is a biological control for the common brown snail by utilizing a distant cousin, the Decollate snail. The Decollate snail species is carnivorous and will feast on the common brown snail. Should they run out of the snail entrée, they become herbaceous and eat trimming and waste.

In summary, now is the time to commence your control programs. Come on in and we’ll be happy to help you find the best solution for you unique needs.




Manager's Corner

Life Saving Event

Grangetto’s Farm and Garden Supply BLOOD DRIVE
Thursday, July 7, 2011 from 8am – 1pm

Post Office Parking Lot
1157 West Mission Avenue
Escondido 92025

To make an appointment online, go to www.sandiegobloodbank.org
Click on “Donate Blood” and "Bloodmobiles"
Enter sponsor code: GFGS

Please contact Dominique Lehmer at (760) 736-6555 for more information.

15% off discount off entire purchase at Grangetto’s Farm and Garden Supply for successful donation.*

*Some exclusions apply

View the Brochure Here.


June Workshops

Any & All Things Edible in Your Landscape - Saturday, June 4th
Speaker: Richard Wright of Edible Eden
When: Saturday, June 4th at 10am - 12pm
Where: Grangetto's Encinitas

Join speaker Richard Wright in this engaging seminar to teach you how to create wonderful edible gardens in your personal outdoor space. Even small, creatively planned spaces can give an abundance of fantastic food and fun!

Richard has 30 years experience in the landscape industry. He specializes in edible landscapes and design.

This workshop is FREE. Just show up and enjoy. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Any & All Things Edible in Your Landscape - Saturday, June 11th
Speaker: Richard Wright of Edible Eden
When: Saturday, June 11th at 10 am - 12 pm
Where: Grangetto's Valley Center

Join speaker Richard Wright in this engaging seminar to teach you how to create wonderful edible gardens in your personal outdoor space. Even small, creatively planned spaces can give an abundance of fantastic food and fun!

Richard has 30 years experience in the landscape industry. He specializes in edible landscapes and design.

This workshop is FREE. Just show up and enjoy. Snacks and refreshments will be served

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
Speaker: Richard Wright of Edible Eden
Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Where & When:

Join speaker Richard Wright in this engaging workshop designed to help you prune your fruit trees to maximize your production.

Richard has 30 years experience in the landscape industry. He specializes in edible landscapes and design.

This workshop is FREE. Just show up and enjoy. Snacks and refreshments will be served


Antique Tractor Show

Spring Tractor Show – Harvest Fair
June 18th & 19th & June 25th & 26th
Open 9 am – 4:30 pm
 
Visit any Grangetto’s locations for a “Buy one Get One Free” Admission coupon.
 
Learn more about the 2011 Tractor Shows Here

 


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