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Water is the foundation of life

Drop of water

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

2015 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

Christine Wisneski - Greenhouse image

Our 2015 photo contest supplied us with literally hundreds of new customer submitted product photos, and our winning photos were just a small sampling of the great photos we received. If you haven’t had a chance to see our 2015 winning submissions yet, you can learn all about them in our 2015 Photo Contest Winners blog posted last week. With such a collection of high-quality submissions this year, we wanted to take a moment to share some of our other favorites with our Honorable Mentions category. Read more

Announcing the Growers Supply 2015 Photo Contest Winners

2015 Photo ContestOur 2015 photo contest proved to be another record breaker for us! After sorting through more submissions than ever before, we were finally able to narrow the field down to just our top six submissions. Congratulations to our lucky winners and thank you to all those who participated. Read more

Customer Spotlight: High Tunnels at Meyers Farm

Meyers Farm High Tunnel

Location Bethel, Alaska

Challenge – Extend the growing season

Solution – Two Gro-Max Gothic High Tunnels & Two Premium Round Style High Tunnels

Size – 30’ wide x 96′ long

Application – Growing produce for local community

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Could Hydroponics be the Answer to California’s Latest Drought?

HydroponicsCalifornia’s latest drought has been a fixture all over national news for the past few months. Throughout history the unpredictable climate of the Golden State has always left farmers guessing into the amount of rain the state will receive during the year. The Governor of the State, Jerry Brown, recently ordered all citizens to cut their water usage by 25 percent, further hammering home the point that this drought is becoming a very serious problem. Knowing that farmers in California have already suffered the brunt force of this drought, Brown has left farmers exempt from this 25 percent slashing, but has ordered some holders of water-rights claims to stop draining water. The fact is though, most farmers have close to no water left, and with no end to the drought in sight, many farmers are considering all alternative options to save water. Read more

Plant Profile: Corn, On Deck Hybrid

Hydroponic CornRight now at our South Windsor, Connecticut campus we are growing a crop that is far from your typical hydroponic produce.  We’ve recently started growing a sweet, bi-color variety corn in our Micro Dutch Bucket System.  Since we didn’t see any reason why we couldn’t grow hydroponic corn, we were thrilled when our corn began growing successfully.   For those that don’t know, the Micro Dutch Bucket system is a compact system made up of four buckets set on top of a reservoir tank, it is perfect for the average home owner.   This system is neat, because it allows you to grow plants in small areas.  The corn has been very successful; we already have 4 ears grown, and we hope this experiment will inspire others.  You can learn all about our latest experiment in this month’s plant profile. Read more

Plant Profile: Shiro Baby White-Stem Pac Choi

Shiro Baby White-Stem Pac choiHere at our South Windsor campus, we recently started growing Shiro Baby White-Stem Pac Choi in our GT70 Vertical NFT system.  We have grown this plant in some of our other systems here before, but in the spirit of advancing our hydroponic expertise, we decided to experiment with our vertical system.  What this research revealed, is that plants like Spinach, Kale and Pac Choi grow great in this type of system.  We’ve continued this research by growing other crops in the vertical system, but none of them have grown as full, especially when compared to the Shiro Baby White-Stem Pac Choi.   Learn more on how our experiment went in this month’s plant profile. Read more

Finding your manure match

ManureWhile it’s certainly not a glamorous job, spreading manure in crop fields, garden beds, high tunnels and more has proven highly beneficial in terms of crop yield and quality. When carefully planned, spreading manure can prove to be a cost-efficient manner of both soil management and fertilizer. Many farmers assume that all manure acts the same way, so very little research is done beforehand, leading to poor manure choices, which can damage crops and lead to long-term soil damage. This week, we will be covering some of the most commonly used manures and discussing the positives and negatives of each type. Provide your fields and crops with the nutrition they need by selecting the right manure for you. Read more

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