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Top considerations when planning for hydroponics

IMG_3292Hydroponic crop production has seen continued growth throughout the past few years, and for good reason. While early adopters have already established themselves within the industry, many more are now looking to tap into this highly promising and productive market. While making the decision to grow hydroponically may come easily to some, it is important to plan carefully in advance in order to see the most positive results. Once the decision has been made to grow with hydroponics, there are four major factors to consider when planning and preparing for the actual system itself. Read more

Have You Considered Planting An Extra Row?

BACKGROUND-gardeningThis weekend the warmer weather finally arrived in New England and I was able to get out and direct sow some seeds. As I often do when I am planting my garden rows, I hearken back to my time spent with one of my favorite celebrity gardeners, educators and communicators I have had the privilege of knowing, Jim Wilson. Read more

Shaping Communities Through Extension

farm_day15.jpgWhen I think of both teaching and learning in regards to our green industry and local community, I immediately think of Cooperative Extension. But just what exactly does the term Extension mean, and how do these programs benefit our local community? Read more

Tips for Cleaning Up This Spring

entry 4 - sunset in greenhouseHumans are profoundly affected by their environments. Your surroundings — whether it’s a small or large room, a loud or a quiet one or even a blue or a red one — can change your emotions, thoughts and productivity. Just like humans, the plants in your greenhouse can be positively or negatively affected by their immediate surroundings. Read more

Introducing our new bloggers

Meet our bloggers

If you are a devoted blog follower of ours, you may have noticed a few new contributors recently. Over the past few months, we have had several new writers contributing to the blog, and we wanted to take a moment to personally introduce our new team of writers. Learn more about our new contributors as they share some of their personal experiences and industry expertise that has led them to joining the Growers Supply team. Read more

Does organic mean pesticide- free?

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Labels can be so confusing these days. Just take a trip to your local supermarket like I recently did, and you too will start to wonder, what does it mean to be “organic”, “pesticide-free”? I have to admit I am still confused on the terms and many times have to just trust the label and wash my produce thoroughly. Read more

The Future of Growing May Be Closer Than You Think

International_Space_Station_after_undocking_of_STS-132One of 2015’s biggest films was Ridley Scott’s “The Martian.” The film was released in September – perfect timing for garnering award season attention – and features Matt Damon’s character overcoming the desolation of life alone on Mars, in part, by growing fresh, edible plant matter. The film was well received by critics and audiences, and the Hollywood Foreign Press awarded it the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy – which still seems strange weeks later, as the laughs are few and the musical numbers are nonexistent. Read more

Water is the foundation of life

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In many hydroponic books and teachings there is the overlying premise that water, along with added nutrients and minerals in the flowing water source, is the necessary catalyst for effective and efficient growing. Water, for the most part, is often perceived as relatively pure, which I suppose is a reasonable starting point. However, in the real world this is often not the case, and the management of your water will have a major impact on the health of your plants. Read more

Announcing our new Controlled Environment Agriculture experience!

image2aA lot has happened here at Growers Supply since our last blog post. For one thing, a new year is now upon us, and in the transition from 2015 to 2016, we took a deep dive into our Controlled Environment Agriculture schools with one major question in mind, “How can we improve the overall CEA learning experience for our guests?” Read more

They Come in Threes: Three Unusual Greenhouses

GreenhousesRecently, Growers Supply joined the Pinterest world. For those who aren’t familiar, Pinterest is basically  a virtual bulletin board for ideas, wishlists and so on. After being intrigued by an interesting greenhouse design that I came across while posting on the Growers Supply page, I decided to look into some other unnusual, pretty awesome greenhouses. These three stood out. Read more

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