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Counting Down the Days to Growing Season 2015

Spring flower gardenIt’s almost here. The excitement is building. Here in the Northeast – and much of the rest of the country – it means an end to the constantly accumulating snow and subzero temperatures. If you haven’t read the title there’s no doubt the anticipation is killing you. Yup, it’s time to not only think about growing season, but also time to put plans into action, because the growing season is almost here. If you haven’t been thinking about your growing plans in 2015, it’s certainly time. We’re going to go over some of the preliminary steps to a successful season, including how to get healthy, nutrient-rich soil, and luckily for the snow ridden, there are key preparations that can be made, even if there is snow outside. Read more

Plant Profile: Nufar-Basil

Nufar BasilWe are excited to feature the first crop in our Plant Profile series that is produced in our aquaponics system.  So what is this plant you ask?  Well, it’s basil, Nufar Basil to be exact.  We have it growing in our aquaponics greenhouse, which is located at our Dyersville, Iowa campus.  We have recently updated and re-designed both our aquaponics system and building within the past year, and we are pretty excited about our new setup.  We have been experimenting with several different types of plants, and we are happy to say, Nufar Basil has been a huge success.  You can learn all about growing this crop for yourself in either a hydroponic system or aquaponics system below. Read more

Garden Benefits of Backyard Chickens

Chickens in gardenWhile the relationship may not be obvious, raising backyard chickens is a great way to produce a healthy, beautiful garden. Chickens are natural ground purifiers; they eat pests, naturally till the soil and their by-products contain several nutrients that are essential for healthy plant growth. By adding only a few chickens to your farm or home, you can greatly benefit your garden in a variety of ways. Read more

A Guide to Seed Selection: Tips, Tricks and Helpful Products

Seed SelectionWith Spring just a mere six weeks away, it’s literally getting easier to look on the bright side. With the sun setting later and later each day its beginning to look a lot like growing season once again. While the winter months can be a drag for garden lovers, experienced growers know that winter time is one of the most important times of the year, as it allows you to plan out next year’s garden. For many, seed selection begins as soon as the last crop has been harvested, and for some, seed selection never stops! Read more

Plant Profile: Marnero Tomatoes

Photo courtesy of Johnny's Selected Seeds

Photo courtesy of Johnny’s Selected Seeds

There is a new crop in town here in our company headquarter’s grow rooms, and we are very excited to share it. While it isn’t a new crop for everyone, it is the first time we have ever grown it here, and so far we like what we have seen from our Marnero Tomatoes. We haven’t even harvested our first tomato yet, but for horticulture fanatics like us, it’s been hard to keep this under wraps for so long. You can learn about caring for your own crop of young tomatoes in this month’s plant profile. Read more

Meet the New Bloggers

Guess WhoWhether you’re a devoted reader of our blog, or just a casual observer, there is a chance you may have noticed some changes in our writing style and topic coverage over the last few months. Those changes have come about from our dedicated team of new bloggers, all of whom have been producing new and original content for the blog since August 2014. We wanted to take some time to let our readers know a little bit more about who we are and offer some insight into our industry expertise and experience within the field. Read more

CEA School 2015: Same School, New Style

Presentations at CEA SchoolAs an industry leader in controlled environment agriculture (CEA), our mission is to provide solutions, knowledge and key insights of climate controlled agriculture. One of the ways that we accomplish this is through our CEA schools, which we host on a monthly basis at our company headquarters in South Windsor, Connecticut and our manufacturing facility in Dyersville, Iowa. We have proudly hosted hundreds of aspiring and experienced growers at this three-day educational event, which started in 2013. Thanks to the customer feedback we have received from each school, we have made some new and exciting changes for our 2015 schools. Read more

Growers Supply’s New Products for 2015!

Growers Supply 2015 CatalogThe end of the year is always a busy time for everyone. Between saying goodbye to 2014 and ringing in the New Year, we here at Growers Supply found some time to welcome dozens of new products to our 2015 catalog. From large products, like our new EZ-Shade Tarp Arm, to small ones, such as our 43 PSI Pressure Regulators, our new product line offers something for everyone, and we are very excited to be starting off the new year with such great product additions. Read more

Plant Profile: Tropicana Lettuce

Tropicana LettuceIn our final blog before the holiday season, we’ve decided to highlight one of our favorite crops, Tropicana Lettuce. We’re currently growing Tropicana in our Iowa greenhouse, and considering that this lettuce variety was developed with greenhouse growing in mind, we have a steady stream of Tropicana Lettuce on hand year-round. Learn all about caring for Tropicana Lettuce and find out how we do it in our own greenhouse in this month’s Plant Profile. Read more

Photo Blog – Tour the Technology Center East Grow Rooms

Fruiting Plant Grow RoomThose that have been keeping up with our Plant Profile blog series have been provided with an inside look at how we produce crops here in our controlled environment grow rooms. However, we wanted to offer more than just a brief glimpse into our controlled growing environment and instead offer an all access pass to provide a better understanding of how we’ve converted former warehouse space into two 30′ wide by 72′ long, state of the art grow rooms. Read more

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