Organic Gardening Center
“Our goal is to grow
THE GOOD EARTH FARM STAND
This week we have
Certified Organic Produce
GIFTS FOR GARDENERS
We still have a good selection of CERTIFIED ORGANIC HERB plants and a few VEGGIES as well for your
Attention Good Earthlings
Here's an opportunity that doesn't come along very often.
How would you like to meet the BEETLES?
No, not the BEATLES...the BEETLES
Yes I'm talking about Galerucella calmariensis and Galerucella pusilla
Those well known nautural enemies of Purple Loosestrife of course.
Join us on Thursday July 8th at 10 a.m. for a special release of The BEETLES
|The vivid flower spike of Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is common today in wetlands across the Northern United States, but the
colorful flowers belie the destructive power of
this invasive plant. As it spreads, purple loosestrife chokes out native foliage, destroying precious wetland habitats.
IPM programs in the Northeast have recently enlisted the help of three of the plant’s natural enemies to slow the spread of this invasive weed while leaving other plants unaffected.
In Rhode Island, Lisa Tewksbury and Richard Casagrande (Univ. of Rhode Island) have tracked the effects of the three species in a wetland where purple loosestrife had taken over. Two beetle species, Galerucella calmariensis and Galerucella pusilla, quickly became established at the site. These small beetles reproduce yearly, and the larvae feed on leaves, stems, and buds. Within four years, they had significantly inhibited the growth of the original stand of purple loosestrife.
At The Good Earth, we have noticed in the past year a dramatic increase in the Purple Loosestrife in our fields and wetlands and have partnered with NRCS (The Natural Resources Conservation Service) to introduce The Beetles here to bring it under control and help the beautiful native plants to re-establish themselves.
Lisa Tewksbury will be here on Thursday July 8th to release The BEETLES...
We were invited to the Newport Flower Show this year to create one of five display gardens at the entrance to the show at the Rosecliff Mansion.
This year's theme was Africa, we were each given a topiary animal to incorporate into our displays, we were lucky to get the lion...the king of the jungle to share the stage with our Lady Ajuga...the African Queen.
This was the first year the display gardens were judged and
It was a beautiful weekend, we had a great time and made some new friends.