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Edition 8.45
November 2008

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"Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy."
~ Astrid Alauda

Manager's Corner: Supporting the Community

It can be devastating when you’re sitting in your Dr.’s office, and he or she is informing you that you have a disease. One that will alter the way you live for the remainder of your life. Now picture that you’re a teenaged child.

No teenager wants to be different from their peers. And having Type 1 diabetes means no junk food from the mall, and no pigging out at a party. If you sleep late, your blood sugar levels can dangerously drop. Which means constant monitoring, and finding a safe and private place to inject yourself with insulin while you’re at school.

There are two major types of diabetes, Type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, is a disorder of the body’s immune system, the body’s system that protects itself from viruses, bacteria, or any “foreign” substances.

We here at Grangetto’s not only treasure our gardens, we treasure our greatest hopes for the future, our children. That is why, on October 18th, 2008 we held our Annual Anniversary Tent Event. We were able to raise $500 for donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. These funds went towards sponsoring Gretchen Khoranoff in the Walk to Cure Diabetes.

We received a warm email from Mike Malekoff, National Director of the Walk to Cure Diabetes for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, thanking us for our donation that helps to bring this worthy organization one step closer to its goal of finding a cure. We’d like to pass on our thanks to all who made this event possible, with a huge thank you to our loyal customers.

There are so many ways you can contribute to this tax-deductible organization: you can walk for a cure, ride for a cure, and make a tribute donation (which is a wonderful alternative to birthday, graduation, and wedding gifts!) or a memorial donation in remembrance of someone special. Visit them on the web at to learn more about what you can do to help.

And please join us during our efforts to aid this cause. It’s guaranteed to put a smile in your heart. Remember: “Control the diabetes; don’t let it control you.”

Encinitas Manager


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AARS winners for 2009

The All-America Rose Selection committee is a non-profit association of rose growers and introducers dedicated to the introduction and promotion of exceptional roses. AARS operates a nationwide network of 20 official test gardens located throughout the country which represent all climate zones in the U.S.

carefree spiritNew rose varieties in the AARS trials are grown and monitored for two years, receiving only as much care as would be given in the average home garden. This sophisticated evaluation process results in a new crop of AARS winning roses each year, guaranteeing that only the best make it into your garden. The winners for this year are Carefree Spirit, Cinco de Mayo and Pink Promise.

Carefree Spirit is a shrub rose that exhibits even better disease resistance, habit and blooming power than its award-winning siblings, Carefree Delight and Carefree Wonder. This vigorous, well-branched shrub rose boasts huge clusters of deep cherry red blooms with a white eye cinco de mayoand yellow stamens over a very long season, and healthy dark green glossy foliage.


Cinco de Mayo is a wildly colored floribunda rose that offers giant clusters of blooms containing every shade of red, orange, magenta, purple, smoke, and more! Each flower is unique, and a fully blooming shrub is a conflagration of festive colors, enhanced by a fresh-cut apple fragrance you will love. Just the right size for a low hedge, large containers, or mass planting, Cinco de Mayo is a standout in any garden setting.


pink promisePink Promise is the official rose of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This exquisite hybrid tea combines all shades of soft pink on high-centered, perfectly formed large blooms. Arising on long, elegant stems just right for cutting, these lightly fruit-scented flowers convey the essence of romance and promise hope for a cure.

These selections are three of the hardiest and most beautiful roses to be introduced in quite some time. We invite you to come in and see all of the new selections we are stocking for the 2009 rose season. 


Sharpening Pruners

For every gardener there is a task that feels more like a chore. Maybe tending to garden pruners is yours. A good pair of pruners fits your hand comfortably, and takes care of a wide range of gardening jobs, from snipping off spent stems to cutting roses for an indoor display, to trimming a favorite shrub. But for many of us, it simply seems easier to replace our pruning tools each year rather than sharpen them. How often have you found yourself going from garden center to garden center, or wasting hours on the internet trying to find the exact same tool that you bought last year that was perfect for you? That costly and inefficient habit is easily broken once you’ve mastered the fine art of sharpening. Simply follow the easy instructions by clicking on the link below, and you'll find that your time can be better spent planting something beautiful!

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November is the time to...
Seeds Plant cool-season vegetables and annual plants. Grangetto’s carries a wide variety of seeds for you to choose from.
Sierra Bark Mulch around plants at least 3” to retain soil moisture. Grangetto’s carries many types of mulches; some include: Kellogg’s Soil Building Compost and 3 sizes of Sierra Bark.
Kellogg Topper and Dwarf Fescue Seed November is still a good time to plant or repair lawns. Use Grangetto’s Tall or Dwarf Fescue Seed then top with Kellogg Topper to keep seed beds moist.
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Making Your Holiday Cactus Bloom

Holiday cacti are not hard to take care of, if you remember not to overwater them; getting them to bloom on time is a bit more complex.

Here's how to do it:
In order for these plants to form flower buds for holiday blooms, they need extended darkness for at least four weeks.

Place the plant in a dark room or keep it covered (under a box or bag works fine) for at least 12 hours a day.

When buds appear (it usually takes around four weeks), the darkening schedule can stop.

As the buds get larger, move the plant gradually to where it will be displayed for the holiday, avoiding extreme temperature or lighting changes.

Continue to water and feed while the plant is budding and blooming. Water only when the soil is completely dry--these plants do not like soggy roots.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Christmas is a great time to give the gift of gardening. Traditional gift plants including poinsettias, red and white azaleas, and amaryllis are great, but it's so easy to personalize a gardening gift and make it something special. Be creative. Think about what you love about gardening--cherished plants, inspiring books or delicious harvests--and turn them into gift ideas. Garden catalogs will help inspire you.

Here are some Christmas gift ideas for gardeners.

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Should I use bone meal or bulb food when I plant my bulbs?


Dr. Earth Bone MealWe recommend Dr. Earth Bone Meal at the time of planting, then applying a balanced bulb food once the foliage appears above the soil line in late winter/early spring.

There are a couple of reasons for this. Nitrogen can burn the actual bulb, which only needs the phosphorus and potash from bone meal in order to stimulate rooting. But once the bulb is sending out a stem, it needs nitrogen to become strong so it won't bend over from the weight of the flowers that it sets. This is especially important for bulbs with large heavy flowers, such as tulips, ranunculus, and hyacinth.

It's also important to dig your holes or trenches a little deeper than the bulb needs to be, applying some bone meal, then a little more soil so the bulb doesn't sit directly on the food but has access to the food as it sends out roots (got to give those roots some incentive to stretch).

Plant Lilies Now for Summer Bloom

Lilies are often planted in spring, but you can also plant them now. The bulbs are less likely to dry out, which can result in failures. Most lilies prefer a slightly acid soil (pH 6-6.5), but some--including Lilium candidum--will do well in alkaline soils.

Kellogg Gardner & Bloome CompostLilies demand a well-prepared site, so dig the soil deeply and work in as much well-rotted manure or garden compost as you can spare. We recommend Kellogg Gardner & Bloome Compost. Add plenty of grit to improve drainage if the soil tends to be wet.

Lilies look best in groups rather than as isolated specimens, so excavate an area of soil to a depth of about 8 inches--large enough to take at least four or five bulbs.

Add a sprinkling of bone meal or a controlled-release fertilizer, as lilies are usually left undisturbed until overcrowded and therefore feeding is more important than with bedding bulbs used for a single season.

Space the bulbs about 6 inches apart and make sure that they are deep enough to be covered with about twice their own depth of soil. Sprinkle more grit or coarse sand around the bulbs to deter slugs and reduce the risk of waterlogging.

Place small canes or sticks around the planting area before you return the soil. These will remind you to avoid damaging the emerging shoots when you weed.

Growing Fall Vegetables

Prices are skyrocketing, the economy is not in the best of shape--but we still have to feed nutritious meals to our families. What's the solution? Grow your own cold-weather vegetables! And if you've never grown a vegetable garden before, relax. It isn't rocket science, and the rewards far outweigh the effort. In fact, you can incorporate your vegetables into your floral gardens and increase the visual impact with different colors and textures.

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Grow Your Own: Fight Fast Food

Fighting fast food

Vista organic farmer promotes Slow Food movement’s cornucopia of tastes

By Triveni Sheshadri |
Article Courtesy of Union Tribune – Today’s Local News

Scott MurrayAmid soccer practice, ballet lessons, SAT tutoring and piano recitals, who makes time for the family meal when it’s so easy to order at the drive-through window or pop a frozen pizza in the oven?

Scott Murray says it doesn’t have to be so.

"You come home; you are so busy,” said Murray, organic farmer, educator and biodiversity expert. "You throw something in the microwave and eat your dinner out of a tray. That’s a reality, but you can improve on that.”

In their Vista home, Murray, his wife and children make it a point to come together for at least one meal a day.

"It’s about conversation, checking in, see what’s going on,” Murray said. "That in itself is a lost habit in America.”

Some meals are prepared by his children.

"We encourage them to cook at least two times a week,” Murray said. "We have always encouraged them to participate, and included them in farming activities and cooking activities so that they become food literate.

"Their friends say we eat strange stuff, but they always like to come to our house for dinner.”

In addition to encouraging healthful eating habits in his three teenage children, Murray is in charge of the agriculture program at Escondido’s San Pasqual Academy, where high school students learn gardening, cooking, food shopping and how to read nutrition labels.

In 2006, Murray became president of the San Diego branch of Slow Food, an international nonprofit group that supports local farmers, environmentally responsible agriculture and the preservation of local culinary traditions.

"It is the opposite of fast food," Murray said. "The goal is to reawaken an appreciation of the table. We are doing so many things so fast."

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