OUR GARDEN CENTRE IS OPEN FOR THE 2018 GARDENING SEASON!!!

Come check out all the beautiful plants ready for your garden, patio or deck! 
STORE OPEN:  Monday to Friday — 8 am to 5:30 pm
Saturdays — 8 am to 2 pm                                                                 

***We are proud to source our plants from a local, family-owned & operated garden centre who grows healthy and vigourous plants with lots of local TLC. 

  • We offer many varieties of annual bedding plants to choose from as well as 4″ and quart pots of trailing and upright flowers, grasses and spikes, plus assorted beautiful hanging baskets and planters to brighten up your garden or deck.
  • For your vegetable garden, choose from boxes or flats of your favourite vegetables.  We also have 4″ pots of tomatoes and peppers and 10″ pots of well-established tomato plants to have those tasty early tomatoes right from your deck or garden.
  • Don’t forget we’ve got vegetable and flower seed packets, seed potatoes, onions and garlic bulbs inside the store!
  • Also offering Certified Organic potting soils, triple mixes, compost and lawn dresser mix to augment your gardens, planters or lawn.  Save water and weed-pulling by putting down landscape mulch in a variety of colours offered.
  • We offer competitive pricing on our garden centre’s offerings of locally-grown plants that will give you the look and performance you desire for your gardens, baskets and planters.
  • Ask Melanie for ideas, tips and suggestions on plant types for specific planters, garden soil types and locations to get the best performance for your gardens, decks and patios.
  • Look for new garden accents, accessories, planter pots and decor to complete your gardening experience.

Windrow-Twine   

HAYING & BALING PRODUCTS:

It’s hay season in this part of the world — Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs has you ‘covered’ for baler twine, bale wrap, silage sheeting and hay tarps.

Baler Twine — both plastic and sisal.  Available in-season are 9,000′ Sisal (bale throwers); 28,000′ Plastic (big round bales), 12,000′ Plastic (heavy-duty small square bales) and 4,000′ Plastic (big square bales)

  • Windrow polypropylene baler twine’s uniformity throughout the entire spool assures the consumer of stronger more dependable knots and tighter bales which will produce a better quality hay even under the toughest baling conditions.
  • Windrow baler twine is specially treated with maximum levels of UV stabilizers to protect the product from breaking down.
  • Every spool of windrow polypropylene baler twine is individually shrink wrapped in a heavy gauge plastic foil which prevents the twine from unraveling or telescoping.

Inland Bale Stack Covers/Tarps — Available in-season in sizes 25′ x 33′; 25′ x 48′; 25′ x 54′; 28′ x 48′.   Silver on the outside to reflect light, black on the inside to prevent green-housing.  Super tough 6.2 oz/sq yd, UVI treated coated fabric giving 3-5 years of use.  Eyelets and webbing set into five layers of fabric, giving about 500 lbs of pull strength.

  • High Strength, coated woven fabric with heat-sealed seams for flexibility and wind-resistance.
  • Silver on topside to reflect the sunlight (heat) and black on the underside to prevent the greenhouse effect.
  • Fabric has special U.V. treatment to give it an extended life.
  • Rope is encased in hem, and eyelets are set into 4-layer gussets every three feet.
  • Proven over 35 years.

ZEUS Epicrop:  ‘EPIC 5’ BALE WRAP — 30” X 1,500m   The EPICROP agricultural range has proven to consistently deliver all of the performance criteria demanded by contractors in all conditions across the world.

  • With a 5-layer technology, all the mechanical aspects of a bale wrap are maximized resulting in a consistently reliable, high quality, high performing film.   
  • In order to provide the ideal ensiling environment,  bale wrap needs to offer a number of important elements such as strength, puncture and tear resistance, elasticity, UV stability and the ability to cling in all circumstances.

Silage Sheeting rounds out our line of baling & haying products.  Protect your valued feed harvest in silage pits or bunkers while it ferments and coverts to a highly nutritious and easily digestible premium feed for your livestock.

  • The white/black film’s white surface reflects light energy and the black layer provides 100% opacity
  • The free-fall folded one-piece cover does not require sealing or taping, saving time and increasing your productivity
  • High strength at the folds results in reduced punctures, tears, and performance issues

THESE ARE REMARKABLE TIMES IN THE WORLD VITAMIN MARKET.  Due to environmental issues in China and a destructive fire in Germany, the availability of vitamin A & E has become extremely limited. This is a good article from that discusses the current world vitamin shortage and the concerns with reducing or taking vitamin’s out of the diet.  progressivedairy.com-Feeding strategies to address vitamin A and E shortage

     

DAY-OLD MEAT & LAYER CHICKS & TURKEYS POULTS:

2018 Order Form & Price List — Chicks & Turkeys — Day-Old

FOR YOUR 2018 BACKYARD POULTRY FLOCK — Download our 2018 Order Form & Price List to place your orders for this year’s chicks and turkeys.  

DUCKLINGS, GOSLINGS, GUINEA HEN KEETS & PHEASANTS:

2018 Order Form & Price List — Ducklings, Goslings, Guinea Keets & Pheasants

FOR YOUR 2018 BACKYARD POULTRY FLOCK — Download our 2018 Order Form & Price List to place your orders for this year’s ducklings, goslings, guinea hen keets and pheasants.

READY-TO-LAY CHICKENS:

2018 Order Form & Price List — Ready-to-Lay Pullets

FOR YOUR 2018 BACKYARD POULTRY FLOCK — Download our 2018 Order Form & Price List to place your orders for ready-to-lay pullets.

We try to bring in a load of ~19-week old ready-to-lay hens roughly once per month from April to October but frequency depends upon order volume numbers, hen availability and delivery truck scheduling — We can’t set an pre-determined date as it’s not an exact science for when our order will arrive.  Simply place your order with us and we will contact you when we know when delivery date to our store will be — You can decide then if this date works for you.  Unfortunately, we don’t carry birds over to after delivery date — Hens must be picked up delivery day.  ***Please note:  Our policy for any orders of six birds or less must be paid when ordering.

Antimicrobials Resistance Update — 2018

As of December 1, 2018, all Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIAs) for veterinary use will be sold by prescription only.   Antimicrobial drugs like antibiotics are important to fight bacterial infections in humans and animals.   All medically important antimicrobials will be on the Prescription Drug List – Products for Veterinary Use

You will need to get a prescription from a veterinarian for your animals for:

Prescription drugs (including, for example, injectables, in-water and in-feed formulations).  You will be able to buy these drugs from a veterinarian or pharmacist.  Importation rules will continue as per existing Food and Drug Regulations.

Prescription medicated feed – This is livestock feed that contains a prescription drug, including supplements, macro & micro premixes and complete feed.  You will be able to buy these medicated feeds from a commercial feed mill, veterinarian or pharmacist with a veterinary prescription.

The Prescription Drug List (PDL) is a list of medicinal ingredients. Any drug containing an ingredient on this list must be sold by prescription.  Since 2004, new MIAs approved by Health Canada have been included on the PDL and must be sold by prescription.  We are now moving all remaining MIAs approved for veterinary use before 2004 to the PDL. With this change, we establish the same level of oversight for those MIAs approved before 2004 as for those approved after.

 The following MIA ingredients will be included on the PDL for Veterinary Use: Apramycin; Bacitracin; Erythromycin; Lincomycin; Neomycin; Penicillin G; Spectinomycin; Streptomycin/Dihydrostreptomycin; Sulphonamides; Tilmicosin; Tiamulin; Tylosin/Tylvalosin; Virginiamycin; Tetracycline/Chlortetracycline/Oxytetracycline; Or their salts or derivatives.   This includes all dosage forms whether in feed, water, otic, oral, topical, implant, injectable, intrauterine, intramammary or dusting powder.There will be changes to the labels of MIAs:  a “Pr” will be on the principal display panel;  growth promotion claims and related directions for use will be removed; responsible use statements will be put on labels of all in-feed and in-water MIAs. 

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BACKYARD BIRDS:

For feeding your feathered friends, we have all the bird feeders, feed, peanuts, suet and other backyard wildlife supplies to keep them visiting your back yard.  

Follow this link: ‘YOUR BIRDS & WILDLIFE’ to visit our page where you’ll find valuable information on both hosting and deterring backyard wildlife.

BACKYARD WILDLIFE:

For those who enjoy seeing deer graze on their property, Wright’s Feeds ‘N Needs manufactures their own custom Deer Mix that will attract deer to visit plus we stock whole corn, grains, deer & salt blocks.

***Sorry, our custom deer mix is available only in fall & winter seasons when there is less access to food for deer in the wild.

LAWN & GARDEN:

THINGS TO DO THIS MONTH  — with excerpts from gardening gurus Mark & Ben Cullen’s Newsletter

Of course, there is more than just weeding at this time of year – the longest day is just nearly here (June 21st), which means there are plenty of great growing days ahead. As such, we’ll continue to:


Direct sow carrots, beets, beans, leaf lettuce, bib lettuce, mesclun mix, radishes
 for a continuous harvest of fresh vegetables for your table right into the fall.  Nothing beats having that ‘fresh-from-the-garden’ taste!  Blanch and freeze your peas and beans for that winter taste of summer.

 

 
Tomatoes should be staked to double their bounty  and treated with Bordo spray or equivalent copper spray. It’s a safe, copper-based spray which prevents early blight and should be re-applied every two weeks from now until harvest.

 

 

Cucumbers and squash will be treated with diatomaceous earth (silicone dioxide), a harmless means of dealing with beetles.  The asparagus and rhubarb are mostly finished, and we will leave some growing, so they can return energy to their roots for next year’s harvest. Similarly, spring bulbs such as daffodils have long-passed but we will continue waiting to cut them down until their bulbs are restored with energy and the tops have died back naturally.


Onion and leeks 
benefit from a 5 cm top dressing of compost or earth worm castings this time of year as they draw up nutrients to fuel their rich growth.

 

 

 

Mark’s fruit orchard will be getting its first treatment of End-All and Garden Sulphur, and again every two weeks until the end of summer. This helps suppress insect and disease pressure. We recommend this for all fruiting trees, every two weeks until the end of August.

 

 

And of course, we will continue adding mulch as the gardens fill in and the risk of smothering the plants we want has passed. Ben uses 30 cm of straw, and Mark uses 12 cm of finely ground bark mulch.

 

 

 

Scrape/clean out the mower deck of this year’s accumulated debris, giving it a good spraying with the hose and check for loose connections on bolts and engine parts.  A little upkeep during the lawn-mowing season will save you time down the road.

 

 

Feed the birds.  Birds wintering in the south will be on their way back over the next month or so —  Clean your feeders again  and fill with Wright’s Premium Wild Bird Seed — Birds love it and it is great value!  Also available are sunflower seed, safflower seed, peanuts (both in and out of the shell), nyjer seed, suet, corn cobs and lots of feeders for all types of backyard birds.

GARDEN HOW-TO VIDEOS:

Canada’s gardening gurus, Mark Cullen & son, Ben, had a great time shooting new videos in the garden.  Here are a few  gardening videos that will inform and entertain you — Check them out:

How-To Deadhead Annuals and Perennials

The Benefits of Mulch

Plant Selection for the East Side of Your Home

News and Events:

June 27:   Lake Scugog Fishing Tournament — Port Perry, Ontario

 

 

 

 

Lunar Rhythm Gardens’ new pick-up location 
in Brooklin is now open!

Lunar Rhythm Gardens is a Community Supported and Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) Farm that has recently added a new Durham CSA pick up location to their list. Lunar Rhythm Gardens proudly serves Durham Region with their sites in Bowmanville, Port Perry and now Brooklin – open Wednesday nights from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 20 Baldwin Street.   Pick up your fresh vegetables and naturally raised meats at one of their three pickup locations today! For more information on locations and hours of operation in Durham Region, please visit csafarmdurhamkawartha.com.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership now accepting funding applications for federal activities and programs:  Did you know there are various Canadian Agricultural Partnership federal activities and programs available to you? The federally funded activities and programs focus on three key areas: growing trade and expanding markets; innovative and sustainable growth in the sector; and supporting diversity and a dynamic, evolving sector. These include the AgriMarketing Program, AgriCompetitiveness Program, AgriScience Program, AgriInnovate Program, AgriDiversity Program, and the AgriAssurance Program.  To learn more about the Canadian Agriculture Partnership Federal activities and programs, please visit agr.gc.ca.

Local Food Investment Fund now accepting grant applications:  The Greenbelt Fund has launched its Local Food Investment Fund (LFIF) – an agri-food grant program funded by the Government of Ontario. LFIF offers three streams of financial support to local food leaders across Ontario that share the common goal of increasing the amount of local food consumed in the province. These include the Broader Public Sector Grant Stream, Market Access Grant Stream and the Local Food Literacy Grant Stream.   Applications are now being accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Successful applicants will be notified by June 30.  To review the application guidelines and apply for a grant stream, visit greenbeltfund.ca.

The Durham Region 5 Million Trees Program is part of the Durham Community Climate Change Local Action Plan, with the goal of increasing forest cover in the region by approximately 2,800 hectares.  To be eligible, landowners must have 2.5 acres of non-agricultural land to plant.  Forests Ontario plants the trees at a highly subsidized rate and checks their survival at various intervals in the following few years.  Learn more about Durham Region’s 5 Million Trees Program.

 

The On-Farm Childcare Program, offered by Durham Farm and Rural Family Resources (DFRFR), is designed to provide quality child care for farm families who reside in Durham where at least one of the parents’ primary source of income is through a farm operation.  The program operates from May to September and allows parents to concentrate on farm work during peak times, without having their children in the workplace.  Learn more about the On Farm Childcare Program.

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