Derry Feed & Supply Co., Inc.

A Purina Americas Country Store

PEAT MOSS

PEAT MOSS                     

Prices last updated April 7, 2011. Prices are subject to change without notice.

390429___Peat moss-(Scotts sphagnum)--8qt.---4.19 ea

199400___Peat moss--- 1 cu'------------ (currently out of stock)

199401___Peat moss--- 2.2 cu'---------- (currently out of stock)

199402___Peat moss ---3.8 cu'----------$8.99 ea

199403___Peat moss ---5.5 cu'----------$10.99 ea

392903___Berger BM1 Seed Starter Soil---3.8 cu'bale---$25.99 ea

Alert: Garlic bloat nematode   June 2011

from UNH  Coop Extension Service

 

In the fall of 2010, garlic bulbs potentially infested with the garlic bloat nematode, Ditylenchus dispsaci, were exported from Canada into New York as a food product. However, following arrival in New York, they were distributed as seed garlic. They were then shipped throughout the northeast for production purposes. In New Hampshire, it is known that this garlic was distributed to the following zip codes: 03221, 03303, 03833, and 03070. No further information regarding distributors, size of shipments, etc., has been provided at this time. This nematode, which is also known as a bulb and stem nematode, causes bloated, twisted, swollen leaves, and distorted and cracked bulbs with dark rings. Infestation with this nematode can weaken plants, causing them to be susceptible to secondary infections. Presence of this pest can affect export of the infested crop. Besides being a concern in garlic, this nematode can also affect other Allium species, such as leeks, onions, and chives, as well as other crops and plants including nightshades. The nematode can overwinter in the soil, and can be moved throughout the field on farming equipment, shoes, etc. Management recommendations include destruction of dry plant debris which can harbor the nematode, management of nightshade near crops, crop rotation away from Allium species on a four year cycle, use of chemical fumigants or bio-fumigant cover crops, and good sanitation practices. Links for information about this nematode can be found by visiting: http://www.nh.gov/agric/divisions/plant_industry/index.htm and selecting the garlic bloat nematode link. You can submit plant samples for nematode identification to the Michigan State University Diagnostics Center (http://www.pestid.msu.edu/). Their basic nematode analysis for out-of-state samples is $75 per sample. Please check their website for more information and specific instructions for shipping out-of-state samples to Michigan

Sphagnum peat moss is a valuable organic soil amendment with many horticultural uses. It is probably the most convenient form of organic matter to apply to garden soil. It is often used in place of compost or stable manure because it is readily available and much easier to haul.

The ability of sphagnum peat moss to absorb large amounts of water (up to 20 times its weight) makes it a valuable amendment to light, sandy soils by increasing its water-holding capacity. It allows more air to enter tight soils and increases the rate of water infiltration in fine-textured clay soils.

With a pH around 4.0, sphagnum peat moss is a great soil amendment for acid-loving plants such as azaleas and blueberries. When planting acid-loving plants, mix sphagnum peat moss with soil at a 50/50 ratio in the planting hole and apply a 2-inch layer over the soil surface. The peat helps to lower the soil's pH, allowing the plants to absorb nutrients such as iron.

Garden soils will benefit from a 1-inch layer worked into the top four inches of soil. It also can be used as a top dressing on lawns. A 3.8-cubic foot compressed bale of sphagnum peat moss will cover about 90 square feet with a 1-inch layer.

Many potting soil mixes, including the soil-less mixes, are peat based. It keeps the mix loose and helps it retain nutrients.