This weekend the warmer weather finally arrived in New England and I was able to get out and direct sow some seeds. As I often do when I am planting my garden rows, I hearken back to my time spent with one of my favorite celebrity gardeners, educators and communicators I have had the privilege of knowing, Jim Wilson. Read more
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With spring in the air, many farmers are now planting seed in order to achieve maximum growth, and some are already anticipating their first harvest of the season. Many commercial producers have their planting schedule down to an exact science, but if you’re a small-scale, hobby grower you may have never considered using a planting schedule. However, making one could be the key to your highest yield yet. In this blog we will discuss some of the steps to follow and the information required for you to create an ideal planting schedule. Read more
Fall is a favorite season for many people across the country, whether it is for the cooler weather, colorful leaves or delicious cider and apples. One of the greatest fall traditions for many families is picking out pumpkins from a local patch or farm. They’re great for carving, decorating or eating! With a variety of sizes, colors and shapes to choose from, here is a list of some popular pumpkin varieties for you to be on the lookout for when you take a trip to your local pumpkin patch.
As a grower, you’ve probably felt the anxiety of the growing season quickly coming to an end. You’ve probably also wished for a few more weeks, even another month, to get more out of your crops and a few more dollars in your wallet! As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and the same is true of the growing season. However, there is good news for some growers who may not have the luxury of a greenhouse, but who want just a little more time at the beginning and end of their growing season.
Starting a new growing business can be a fun endeavor, but the upfront costs can be quite overwhelming. In order for the business to start making money, it is important to make cost-effective decisions about what you will purchase, who you will hire and more. Sometimes, adding to the appearance of your business for the right price is a great way to bring in customers initially, while still making a good investment in the long run. This was the case with the Mark and Kay Halla who chose to purchase a beautiful greenhouse at a low cost for their new business.
As much as we all hate to see summer go, fall is right around the corner, bringing plenty to do around your garden, greenhouse or fields. We want to help you be one step ahead when spring returns by sharing some great tips for saving seeds from this year’s harvest. By adding seed saving to your fall to-do list, you are not only saving yourself time next year, but money, too! Here are some great tips for making seed saving a fun and economical activity!
Today’s blog post is all about the most outstanding records centered around growing and gardening. Of course, we hear about things like the world’s tallest man or the longest-living person, but did you know that the largest tomato plant ever recorded covered a little over 610 square feet? Have fun reading through the most interesting records we could find on growing. Hey, maybe you could even beat one of them one day!
Getting a new business off the ground can actually be the easy part of being a business owner if you find yourself in the same position as Michael Taube of Dove Creek Gardens, Inc. At the start, it is easy to accommodate for the small number of orders you are taking, as you normally carry only a few products. But what happens when business starts booming? Taube found a great solution that helped him and his family stay on top of all of their new orders, as well as expand their product line.
Greenhouses are a wonderful tool for growing flowers and produce, but more and more educators are realizing that they have a second benefit that can help children grow into well-rounded, health-conscious adults. Using greenhouses as part of schools’ curriculums is increasing in popularity, as people are becoming more curious about where their food comes from. By adding a greenhouse to school property, children will be able to get out of the classroom and into the fresh air to develop skills that will help them lead healthy, responsible lives.
Avon Old Farms School, located in Avon, Connecticut, is a private high school for boys. The school offers a variety of courses in many different subjects, as well as extracurricular activities including sports, music, theater and a long list of clubs. Last year, the school started a faculty garden, but it soon became overgrown with weeds, producing very little. Avon Old Farms hired Kelly Bull as their garden consultant to help design and operate a more successful faculty garden, as well as a student garden.