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Tomato Diseases Part 3: Insects

Tomato PestsAs we wind down our look into tomato disease, it would be difficult to overlook the damage that is caused by pests in the tomato industry. Pests will inflict physical damage and also spread many of the diseases we’ve previously discussed. They can leave operations of all sizes decimated, so it is crucial to know how to handle them. Controlling pests can be difficult, but it’s certainly necessary, so we’ll discuss some of the more common pests and how their presence and activity can be curbed. Read more

A Guide to Blueberry Growing

Blueberry basketBlueberries have been an important crop to North America for hundreds of years. They provided sustenance for Native Americans, and were seen as a privilege for early settlers. During the Civil War they were canned and given to Union troops from the shores of the Potomac to the outskirts of Atlanta. They even captured the imagination of influential Americans, like Robert Frost, who wrote in his poem Blueberries:

You ought to have seen what I saw on my way

To the village, through Mortenson’s pasture to-day:

Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb,

Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum

In the cavernous pail of the first one to come! Read more

Tomato Diseases Part 2: Wilt & Rot

Tomato Plant with WiltLast time we looked into some of the most harmful tomato diseases, like early and late blight, and hopefully you have been able to keep your tomato plants – and garden as a whole – disease free since. Today we’ll build off of last week and discuss a couple of wilting diseases, a disease that creates harmful spotting on the leaves and one that can cause deep, unsightly lesions, and all of these are caused by fungi. Let’s jump right in. Read more

Do It Yourself: Drip Irrigation Systems

Installing drip irrigationWater is an essential part of life, so much so that a fully grown adult can only last 3-4 days without it. Water isn’t just a necessity for humans however, it’s also extremely vital to your plants. Without water, plants cannot absorb essential nutrients from the soil, so to your plants, going without water does not just mean lacking hydration it also means going without food. Read more

Announcing Growers Supply’s 2014 Photo Contest!

2014 Growers Supply Photo ContestThe sun is out and the heat and humidity have arrived, and that only means one thing, summer has begun! Here at Growers Supply, summer is our favorite time of year. It’s is the time when we can work in the garden longer, our crops and plants are in full bloom and we hold our yearly photo contest! Each summer we coordinate a contest to see who can take the best photo of one of our products in use. Every year we receive hundreds of submissions and we truly enjoy each and every one of them. Read more

Tomato Disease Part 1: Crop Destruction

healthy tomato growthStanding among a growing tomato field or greenhouse is a lovely sight. The deep red fruit ascending the supports or trellised the ceiling of a greenhouse shows us the beauty, functionality and sustainability that can occur when man works alongside nature. Of course, tomatoes also offer growers a great way to make money, and for these reasons tomatoes are one of the most commonly grown crops in America. Second to only the Chinese in production, Americans spend countless hours every growing season producing fresh tomatoes for households everywhere or processing purposes. Read more

Successful Farmers Market Tips Part 3: Market Day

Succeed at your farmers marketBy the eve of market day there’s a good chance you’re  pretty tired from all of the work you’ve already put into finding markets and designing your stand, but it’s about to pay off – finally. The first day at the market is busy and may be slightly nerve racking, but you know what? Market day can actually be the easiest part, and it’s a fun way to make money. All you have to do is be nice, personable and leave your customers and fellow vendors with a positive experience. Read more

Our New Summer Catalog

Our Newest CatalogWith the latest edition of our catalog in homes across the country, we wanted to share some of our new products to give you an idea of what you can expect. If you don’t already receive our catalog, you can sign up here and we’ll send you one that features all of our 30,000 plus growing, gardening and nursery products. Read more

Growers Supply’s 3-Day Tent Sale Extravaganza!

Growers Supply Tent Sale

In case you haven’t heard, we are currently hosting our biggest blowout sale to date. This morning at 8:00 AM we kicked off our massive 3-Day Tent Sale, with some of our most popular items available for up to 75 percent off! Our Tent Sale isn’t just another inventory blowout, not only are we offering steep discounts, but we are also offering free tours, family fun, $1.00 lunch and to top it all off, free ice cream! All this excitement is taking place out our Dyersville, Iowa location and is open to everyone. Read more

Successful Farmers Market Tips Part 2: Designing and Setting Up Your Stand

farmers market sellingHopefully, you’ve put some thought into joining a farmers market, and by now maybe you’ve even looked into joining your local market or have reached out to some market managers. But what comes next? It is now time to design and set up your stand. The stand is perhaps the most important part of the farmers-market experience. It grabs people’s attention, draws them in and hopefully generates sales in and of itself. It is important to not only have a stand that looks nice, but also one that is laid out and functions properly. In this blog we’ll go over how you can create a stand that attracts customers and is actually a tool for gaining sales. Read more

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