News and Resources from Prickly Ed's Cactus Patch Native Plant Emporium

October 6, 2022

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Still Here for Special Orders

The sun has returned. The soil is warm. The summer drought is behind us. It’s a perfect time to get some native plants in the ground. The Roadside Stand may be closed for now but we haven't yet hung up our hats. We will be making two last trips to our wholesale supplier to fill special orders for extra special customers. If there’s anything on your wish list for fall planting projects reach out to discuss your needs. We are happy to try to help you find the plants you are looking for. And in case you missed it here’s our latest ‘Life in the Garden’ article from the Barrington Times to give you a bit of planting inspiration. 

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More Planting - Less Tidying

If you feel a need to 'tidy up' this fall take it inside for a good fall cleaning. Oh, who are we kidding, just forgo that tidy up urge and get outside and plant! Planting native plants is the first step in creating a healthy habitat that supports life. How you maintain your property is the next essential step. And, in the fall that means a whole lot of doing not much of anything at all. The vast majority of insects and invertebrates spend winter right where they spent all summer — just less active and more hidden. So, think twice before you rake, mow, and blow this year. Invertebrates rely on fallen leaves and other organic debris to cover and insulate them from the elements. And don't just leave those leaves, also save the stems. No need to cut down dead perennials, those now hollow stems are home to a remarkable number of cavity nesting beneficial insects. Leaving plants standing also offers winter interest, seed heads for birds and is better for the health of the plants.

Leaving the leaves and other plant debris doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your yard to the wilderness. The leaves don’t need to be left exactly where they fall. You can rake them into garden beds, around tree bases, or into other designated 'wild' areas. Always avoid shredding leaves with a mower, keeping the leaves whole provides the best cover and protects the insects and eggs already living there. Leaves are not litter, the one place they do not belong is at your curb. To learn more visit the Xerces Society #LeavetheLeaves Campaign Page. 

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Pollinator Habitat 101 - Great Learning Opportunity from Ohio State University

Every Friday at 10:00am from October 14th - November 11th tune in to hear an amazing line up of speakers discussing pollinator habitats. See all the details and register to attend at the link below. 

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Plant This Not That!

Sharing a helpful tip from the fine folks at the Loudon Wildlife Conservancy in Virginia. Plant native asters not non-native mums for great fall color and maximum environmental benefits. Looking to add native perennial asters to your landscape? Contact us to order some for planting this fall.

Wild in Rhode Island

The Summer 2022 edition of 'Wild in Rhode Island' from the RI Department of Environmental Management Division of Fish and Wildlife has two wonderful pollinator focused articles we think you will enjoy. The first, What's the Buzz on Pollinators talks about the plight of Rhode Island's pollinators and introduces the RI Pollinator Atlas and ways you can help. Here's an excerpt, "A world without insect pollinators is one that we would not like to see. Given the decline of insect pollinators both worldwide and here in Rhode Island, it is essential that we conserve these important critters and the services that they provide through informed management. Luckily, there is so much we can all do to help pollinators, whether you’re a gardener, a community scientist, an educator, or simply a person who appreciates nature! The Rhode Island Pollinator Atlas is a key effort in this fight to save our pollinators and we are so excited to work together to save our buzzing neighbors."

The second article clarifies the role of honeybees as an important livestock species, versus the focus of wild bee conservation efforts. Learn more about the important distinction in this great piece by Rhode Island Pollinator Entomologist Dr. Katie Burns.

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Prickly Ed's Cactus Patch

 6 Barneyville Road,

Barrington, RI 02806-2715

(401) 248-4785

Please note, use the address above for mailing or for GPS but the Roadside Stand/Native Plant Emporium is located in Swansea, MA directly next door to the address listed above. Just look for the sign and for the big red barn.

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Prickly Ed's Cactus Patch, Roadside Stand, Apothecary and Native Plant Emporium is a super small, hyperlocal, roadside stand located directly on the border of Barrington, RI and Swansea, MA focused on making the area a little bit wilder one yard at a time! Offering great native plants, prickly pear cactus, magic dirt, unusual pollinator friendly annuals, organic herb and vegetable plants, lots of solicited and unsolicited advice & random curiosities designed to get your yard really buzzing. You can read all about us on our website, including the story of where the name Prickly Ed's Cactus Patch came from.

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