Organic Fertilizers, Herbicides, Pesticides, & Fungicides
We are happy to provide a wide array of solutions for those who would like to use some organic products or gardeners who prefer to follow a strict regiment of organic-only growing methods.
The majority of our organic gardening products are made by the following manufacturers:
- Neptune's Harvest (OMRI Listed)
- Coast of Maine (OMRI Listed)
- Pearl Valley Organix (OMRI Listed)
- Maggie's Farm
- St. Gabriel Organics (OMRI Listed)
- Coop Poop (OMRI Listed)
- Dr. Earth (OMRI Listed)
- Serenade Garden (OMRI Listed)
- Sluggo (OMRI Listed)
- Leg Up Enterprises
- Bonide (makers of Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew, an effective organic pesticide and excellent alternative to imocloprid. Please see "Imocloprid and Bees" section below.)
Imidacloprid and Bees: Lately the pesticide imidacloprid has been in the news. Environmental scientists have linked the use of imidacloprid with a recent collapse in bee colonies. Bees are prime pollinators for roughly one-third of U.S. crop species, and their disapearance could result in major losses to the agriculture industry, affecting the economy and the food supply.
There are effective alternatives to imidacloprid. Spinosad is an organic chemical compond found in the bacterial species Saccharopolyspora. It is very effective against many insects, including winter moth. It should be applied heavily, as it is most effective when it completely coats all sections of the plant and any present insects or insect eggs. Spinosad is available in the pesticide product Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew, made by Bonide. It is available in our Garden Center as a concentrate or ready-to-use spray.
Please be aware, Spinosad does kill insects, and bees are no exception. Spinosad is toxic to bees exposed to treatment for 3 hours following treatment. Do not apply this pesticide to blooming, pollen-shedding or nectar-producing parts of plants if bees may forage on the plants during this time period. It is best to apply very early in the morning or late in the afternoon when bees are not active. This product is toxic to aquatic invertebrates. To protect the environment, do not allow pesticide to enter or run off into storm drains, drainage ditches, gutters or surface waters. Applying this product in calm weather when rain is not predicted for the next 24 hours will help to ensure that wind or rain does not blow or wash pesticide off the treatment area. (from Bonide)
Learn more about imidacloprid and bees in this article released by the Harvard School of Public Health.