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Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners and Growers: Part 1

It’s that time of year. New Year’s Eve is days away, and, if you’re like me, you’re tired of making the same old resolutions. Instead, let’s make resolutions that we’ll actually keep. This year, why not resolve to become a better grower? No calories to count, no monthly dues at the gym, just your personal conviction to an enhanced quality of living for your family, friends and flora.

  1. Plan before you plant

  2. Planning your garden
    A little pre-planning can sure help when it comes to planting your garden. Take the time to sketch out your garden on paper. This helps to visualize your space and can be very advantageous. Note compass directions, shading and drainage. Choose plants well suited for your soils and the sun exposure that your garden receives.

  3. Optimize the square footage of your garden

  4. Once you have a plan in place, consider how to maximize your area. Consider intercropping—a form of companion planting. Intercropping or polyculture planting is planting two or more plant species in the same proximity. This is a great way to get the most produce from your space.  For instance, plant radishes amongst crops like broccoli or kale. The competition is limited (one grows above ground and one below ground) and your square footage is optimized. This technique also keeps weeds and other pests that may thrive in a monoculture at bay. 

  5. Test your soil

  6. Get to know your soil on a personal basis. We have soil testing kits that measure N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) as well as pH. If you know what your soil is lacking, you will know how to modify it to obtain optimal plant growth.  Your local Extension agent is also a good resource for soil testing. He or she can direct you where to send your samples and how to obtain samples to get accurate results.

  7. Improve your fertilizer program

  8. Don’t just fertilize because your calendar says so. Know precisely when and what your plants need by using a pH and EC meter from Hanna. Use exactly the right amount of fertilizer every time your fertigate and take the guess work out of your fertilizer program with one of our Dosatron fertilizer injectors.  We can help you stop pouring money down the drain by assisting you with your nutrient program. Our concentrated solutions are great for both hydroponic growing and traditional growing in soil. 

  9. Work smarter, not harder

  10. Let Growers Supply help you utilize your time more wisely. We have so many items that can make your growing operation more effortless and productive. Our well-built dump carts make composting and mulching a dream. Our Hanna Mini EC Controllers take the guess work out of your fertilizer program, and our solar powered vent openers are easy to install and fully automated! These are just a few of our labor savers. Call us today to see how we can help you grow smarter….not harder!

Check back next week for the rest of my list of growing resolutions.  What resolutions do you think should make the list? Do you plan to keep any of these resolutions yourself?

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