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Ladybugs Spring 2022

May 18, 2022 Written by Audra Cooper

Ladybugs are by far the most sot after biological control for aphids, spider mites, leafhoppers, mealybugs and so much more. It is almost a daily occurrence at Early’s we receive an inquiry on availability. Many growers use them for indoor as well as outdoors garden spaces. In the past we were able to source ladybugs in quantities of 30,000 exclusively for commercial use. Most recently we had been getting packages of ladybugs for domestic yard and gardens, in groups of 250 or 1000. However, they have not been available since 2020!

Why are they currently unavailable? The short answer is, there is not enough to be had. Unlike our other biological controls, that are mass produced in large facilities, ladybugs seem to be difficult to “farm”. They typically only thrive & reproduce on ideal conditions with an appropriate food source, making it hard to mimic these conditions artificially. For this reason, many suppliers “collect or pick” wild ladybugs from their natural habitats. Sadly, due to very dry conditions & wildfires in the western states where most of our ladybugs are collected from, many of the natural habitats have been disrupted.

In the meantime, it is not impossible to collect your own ladybugs, just a bit time consuming. So far this spring I have seen more ladybugs roaming around in Saskatchewan that I have in the last two years, so hopefully the conditions continue to be favourable for their return.  There are other biological controls available to special order, and they can take 1-2 weeks to have in stock. Most bios are sold in fairly large quantities for commercial use; however, some may be suitable for your growing conditions. Our experts would be happy to chat with you about the options available and discuss whether using biological controls would be beneficial for your situation. Stay tuned to our website and social media for updates on availability in the near future!

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-Audra – Early’s Bio Expert. 

Spotlight on CTV - Tick Season May 2022

May 11, 2022 Written by Audra Cooper

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Expert Audra chat's with CTV about tick control for yard this spring. 

Mosquito Barrier - recently registered for ticks, is a great natural solution for repelling blood sucking insects from high traffic areas. When mixed with vegetable oil and liquid dish soap this product can last in your lawn and yard for up to 4 weeks. Reapply as necessary. Safe for children, and pets! Available in an easy attach & spray option, or concentrate solution. The strong garlic aroma only lasts for a few hours after application. Learn more here. 

Trounce - Kills ticks dead! Spray onto lawns and turf with this easy attach and spray applicator. This bottle covers between 100-200 square meters depending on how heavily it is applied and severity of pest problem. Learn more here. 

 

 

 

 

Starting Seeds & Germination

May 7, 2022 Written by Audra Cooper

Starting Seeds & Germination

Starting seeds is usually the first sign that spring is on its way! After a long winter, it is nice to think about the possibility of some fresh green plants and vegetables starting to grow. However, it is also very disappointing when your seeds do not germinate properly, leaving you in a time crunch to re-plant before it is to late in the season!

There are several reasons why seeds may not germinate successfully. While every seed has different requirements during the starting & germinating process the most common reasons for failure include temperature, seed depth, type of soil, irrigation, mis-use of fertilizer, over & underwatering. As well soil quality, pH and consistency can be a contributing factor to poor germination. If any one of these variables are off even by the slightest amount, this can cause a significant drop in germination yield. Some seeds only take a few days to sprout, while others can take several weeks! For best results it is always best to consult the seed packaging for specific starting instructions.

Rest assured at Early’s all our seeds come from our suppliers with 100% germination rate testing. As well our experts regularly test varieties in house to ensure seed remains viable. Starting seeds can be very difficult, and our experts know this firsthand. With their vast experience growing each seed variety we have available; we are sure to help you identify possible issues & troubleshoot solutions to successfully start your seeds this season.

Questions? Call 306-931-1982 – Ask for the garden seed department!

Or email inquiries and pictures to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Early’s Expert’s top 3 most difficult seeds to start:

  1. Lavender – Can take up to 30+ days to germinate
  2. Petunias (all varieties) – Very small seeds and require lots of light to grow properly
  3. Ground cherry – Can take 2-3 weeks to germinate, and need good heat to start

Interested in doing your own germination testing? Here is what you will need:

  1. A tray
  2. A humidity dome to retain moisture
  3. Damp/wet paper towels
  4. A sunny spot with lots of heat, or heat mat
  5. Tweezers may be necessary to separate very small seeds, just be sure not to crush seeds
  6. Pen & paper to track progress
  7. Time! Most seeds take several days to germinate, be patient and make sure to check your paper towels to ensure they have enough moisture to further germination.

Coconut Coir VS Peat Moss

April 18, 2022 Written by Audra Cooper

 

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When choosing your plant growing media, there is a few things to consider including, cost, efficiency, availability and so much more. Expert Cory from Early's breaks down the pros and cons of growing in peat moss vs coconut coir husk. Why might one be better than the other? You will have to watch to find out!

 

 

Fixing Dog (Yellow Spots) on Lawn

August 21, 2021 Written by Audra Cooper

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In just a few easy steps you can fix yellow (pee) dog spots on your lawn. All you need is a few things: grass seed, treatment like dolomitic lime or After Dog, soil, rake, garden hose, patience and time! Check out how our expert Audra fixes dog spots on her lawn. Questions? Ask an Early's Expert today.

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