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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

Planning the planting layout of a high tunnel

High tunnel gardenWith fall in the air, season extension is now a hot topic. One of the most effective ways of getting a few more harvests in is with a high tunnel. Whether you’re considering purchasing a high tunnel or you already have one installed, there are a few guidelines for the layout of your high tunnel that you should consider in order to achieve maximum production. In this blog, we will discuss some of the major interior layout factors that you should consider when preparing to grow inside a high tunnel. Read more

From Aquaculture to Aquaponics: The advantages of growing produce with fish waste

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Aquaponics can be defined as the symbiotic relationship between plants and fish. Combining the techniques of hydroponics (soilless crop production) and aquaculture (farm raising fish), this closed loop system creates an ideal environment for both the crops and fish. Here at Growers Supply, we have been experimenting with aquaponics for years, and we wanted to share some of the benefits that we have found from incorporating an aquaponics system into existing aquaculture and hydroponic farms. Read more

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

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

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

CEA School: Molding the Minds of Aspiring Growers…and Employees

Technology Center East Lettuce Growing Controlled EnvironmentOur most recent CEA school provided a great opportunity for our attendees, and myself, to learn the ins and outs of controlled environment agriculture. I am new to FarmTek and have been working here for just about a month, and while I moved here from a small town in New Hampshire, I truthfully have very limited agricultural and farming knowledge. The most I could tell you about farming prior to this is that cows have dry tongues, and catching loose chickens is a tougher task than you originally think. However, after being given the opportunity to sit in on the majority of lectures at our most recent CEA school here at Technology Center East, I, like all of our attendees, have gained a lot of knowledge and interest in the previously mysterious topic of controlled environment agriculture. Read more

Getting 100,000+ Miles Out of Your Greenhouse!

Greenhouse MaintenanceThere is something about growing in a greenhouse that is very satisfying. Maybe it is all of that oxygen? Or is it the satisfaction of working with your beloved plants on the most inclement days? Maybe it is the great jump-start you can get on your outdoor garden or is it the diverse variety of plants you are able to grow? For me personally, it is the vine-ripened tomatoes for the holidays and throughout the winter! Read more