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Spotlight on Mantua Gardens and their Ever-Expanding Hydroponic System

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Mantua Gardens, located in northeastern Ohio, has been in business since 1995, and has provided the community with high-quality annuals, perennials, garden supplies and more. In 2012, owner Darin Kelley was approached with the idea to start growing hydroponic lettuce and other fresh greens year round, in addition to continuing with the established garden and greenhouse center. With the demand for locally grown produce, Darin decided to branch out into the realm of hydroponic growing and looked to Growers Supply to help him get started.

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My Journey into the Land of Plenty- Literally!

Land of PlentyToday’s blog post comes from our guest blogger, Nichole Kemp. Nichole is the marketing and event specialist for Growers Supply’s parent company ESAPCO where she manages and organizes all our trade shows, open houses and workshops. She is also the brand manager for our building division, ClearSpan Fabric Structures, and the self titled “ClearSpan Brand Evangelist”. Last month Nichole had the opportunity to visit our Dyersville, IA manufacturing facility where she observed one of our fodder workshops. This is the tale of her travels and, as she likes to put it, her journey into the land of plenty! Read more

Is Your Greenhouse Winter Ready?

Is your greenhouse winter ready?Fall is in full effect, which means old man winter will be arriving soon. Now is the time to ask yourself if your greenhouse is ready for the chilly months ahead. Whether you plan to close up shop in your greenhouse altogether or keep growing despite the weather outside, you will be able to use some of these helpful hints. Read more

Picture Blog: Designing Innovative Growing Systems

Mike Dagostino, a Growers Supply customer, shared some great photos of his very unique growing space. He is part of a group of dedicated growers whose goal is to develop innovative growing systems and products. Mike and his coworkers turned to Growers Supply when they needed a variety of supplies for their organic tomato farm in Florida. Here are some photos of the project.

We have purchased many items from Growers Supply as we develop new technologies for use with our Organic EVE System at our organic tomato farm in Loxahatchee, Florida. The service and support we receive is unmatched. Most everything pictured here was purchased from Growers Supply. Our proprietary system, OrganicEVE (an enclosed vegetative ecosystem) is up and running, and our next step is to purchase a 12,000 square foot greenhouse.

Weed Guard Ground Cover
The Weed Guard Ground Cover in this photo suppresses weed growth while allowing air, nutrients and water to pass through, making it ideal flooring for greenhouses and high tunnels. Read more

New Fall Products from Growers Supply

If you’re a greenhouse grower, get ready to be excited by the new products in our Fall 2012 catalog. Even if you don’t own a greenhouse, there’s sure to be something to pique your interest. The catalogs aren’t due in your mailbox until next week, but I thought I’d give you a sneak preview of some of the products that we’ve been working hard to add to our catalog.

Update and Customize Your Greenhouses

Greenhouse equipped with Gutter System, Power Vent Systems and Custom Vents using Aluminum Extrusions.Customize your new or existing greenhouses with our new Aluminum Extrusions. Available in 8’, 12’ and 24’ pieces, these Aluminum Extrusions will help you custom design roof, sidewall and end-wall vents. Whether your greenhouse design is A-Frame or Arch-Type, we can offer a solution for you.
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How’s it Growing in the Greenhouse – April 2012

Technology Center at night.
Our Dyersville, Iowa location is in a very great spot. (With an address like Field of Dreams Way it must be!) We are located right along US Highway 20, mile marker 293 to be specific. We have literally thousands of potential customers drive by daily. We really want to create something here with our 40 acres that makes these folks take notice. Our objective is to transform the property into an educational and informational resource for growers who want to stay on top of the industry. Read more

Hydroponics Workshop Featuring the Research of Dr. Lynette Morgan – 2012

NFT Hydroponic Lettuce System** The following dates are now available for registration: August 22, 2012, October 3, 2012 and November 14, 2012. For more information visit our website.**

Due to the success of our first hydroponics workshop, we will be holding our next day-long hydroponics workshop on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at our state-of-the-art Technology Center. Featuring the research of Dr. Lynette Morgan, this event will include a presentation and workbook created by the award-winning doctor herself.
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The Life and Times of Lucy Lettuce – The Final Chapter

Lucy Lettuce as a seedling
Is that a speck of dust? A sliver? No silly, it’s Lucy. It seems like just yesterday that Lucy Simpson Elite was born. She was very tiny but we already had big plans for her and all of her sisters and brothers who shared her birth (I mean plant) date.
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Spotlight on Mid Atlantic Growers and their “Jersey-Fresh Flowers and Plants”

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Growing is not as easy as mixing seeds with a little dirt, water and sunlight as some might think. Different plants thrive in different environments, so when you choose a seed or start, make sure you look into everything it needs to grow into a strong, healthy plant. Providing the perfect growing environment for your plants may cause you to spend a little more time planning now, but you will be so surprised by the results down the road that it will be worth it. For example, Ron Harrison, of Mid Atlantic Growers, discovered that the ideal growing environment made all the difference at his wholesale growing business in New Jersey. Read more

Seed Starting Photo Tour – Part 1

Sam isn’t the only one who gets to have all the growing fun! At our Connecticut location, we are incorporating product training into a hands-on growing experience. Last year, we grew tomatoes in raised beds and dutch buckets, and the success we had gave us the confidence to expand our crop this year. We are growing flowers, including petunias and sunflowers, and veggies of course, including everything from jalapenos to potatoes to tomatoes this year. We are also experimenting with different types of growing. We will be growing hydroponically in NFT channels, in raised beds outside again, and inside the greenhouse.

The first seeds to get started were the petunias and jalapeno peppers. Let’s take a look at how we got started:

Standard cell inserts filled with Wonder Soil
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