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Posted by Grange Co-op on 2nd Feb 2014

Planting bare root trees and shrubs can have big advantages for your yard, garden, and wallet. Bare root varieties – which are dug and stored without any soil – typically cost less money, and they also gain more root mass and are easier to plant with less weight and packing soil or materials to deal with.Timing is everything. Time your planting precisely because the one drawback to planting bare root plants is the limited planting window. Ba… Read more

Posted by Grange Co-op on 1st Feb 2014

Soils must be considered as a living system. An interface between soil biology, chemistry, and physics. Healthy soils have billions of microbes per tablespoon. Calcium is the predominate nutrient (Ion-atom) in soil chemistry. Manage the soil chemistry and physics and the biology naturally follows.Soil is made up of the following categories of matter:5% Organic Matter Carbon- Decaying trash-organic matter- made into humic acid by microbes… Read more

Posted by Grange Co-op on 1st Apr 2013

Flower Beds: Fertilize rhododendrons and azaleas; Remove spent blossoms. Plant chrysanthemums for fall color. Plant dahlias in mid-May. Fertilize roses and control rose diseases such as mildew with a fungicide.Gardens: Monitor strawberries for spittlebugs and aphids with approved pesticides. Control cabbage worms in cabbage and cauliflower. Tiny holes in foliage and shiny, black beetles on tomato, beets, radishes, and pot… Read more

Posted by Grange Co-op on 20th May 2012

Ladybugs (Hippodamia convergens) Keep refrigerated (35-40° F) until ready to use After receiving your package of ladybugs (seasonally available), leave the bag sealed and place it in a refrigerator, or other cool place. This calms the ladybugs down from their shipping experience. Early evening is the best time to release them, and gives them all night to settle in, find food and water, and decide they've found a good home (your garden). L… Read more