RI's only
Organic Gardening Center

“Our goal is to grow
exciting, beautiful,
healthy plants in
harmony with nature-
plants that provide
enrichment for
body and soul”


THE GOOD EARTH FARM STAND

Certified
Organic Produce

grown here at
The Good Earth

This week we have
Summer Squash
Zucchini
Delicious Raspberries

Coming soon
Cherry Tomatoes
Garlic
Beans


July Hours

9-5 Tuesday-Sunday


ANNUALS

PERENNIALS

TROPICAL PLANTS

VEGETABLE PLANTS

Certified Organic Produce

HERB PLANTS

NATIVE PLANTS

FLOWERING SHRUBS

NATURAL FERTILIZER

POTTING SOIL

COMPOST

MULCH

STATUARY

GARDEN ORNAMENTS

GIFTS FOR GARDENERS

DISPLAY GARDENS


We still have a good selection of CERTIFIED ORGANIC HERB plants and a few VEGGIES as well for your
home gardens

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.
Purple loosestrife is a remarkably resilient plant and new shoots were already beginning to sprout by the end of the summer.  Galerucella beetles will also be back next summer to again defoliate the new stems that emerge.   The reduced growth of purple loosestrife will afford native plants a competitive advantage and we anticipate a sharp decline in the loosestrife population over the next few years, thanks to Galerucella.

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'll have some tasty Bug Juice on hand and will take a tour of the gardens abd vegetable patch after the release of the BEETLES...we hope you'll join us.

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
we were honored with the third prize.

It was a beautiful weekend, we had a great time and made some new friends.

Rhode Island's only Certified
Organic Garden Center

1800 Scituate Avenue Hope, RI
401-826-3130

www.goodearthorganicgarencenter.com

info@goodearthorganicgardencenter.com