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Plant Profile: Favorita Cherry Tomatoes

Favorita Tomatoes

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At Growers Supply, we love growing. Our greenhouses and grow rooms are jam packed with dozens of varieties of vegetables and herbs all grown with hydroponic or aquaponic techniques. I mean, if you think about it, it would be kind of weird if we didn’t love growing. We geek out over the tiniest details and are passionate about the success of all growers, large and small. 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

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

Spotlight on the John Bosco House and their Hydroponic Program

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The John Bosco House is a New York State-certified transitional residence that serves homeless and runaway young men, ages 16 to 21. John Bosco House residents receive care and case management in a home-like setting, while working towards finishing their education and securing stable employment. About four years ago, the John Bosco House was gifted a building that sat empty until May of 2012. After considerable research, Deacon Gilbert Nadeau, executive director and founder of John Bosco House, saw an opportunity to turn the unused space into an organic greenhouse enterprise.

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Announcing Tech Center East! Growers Supply’s Latest in Educational Resources

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Some of you who have followed our blogs for a while may have seen pictures or read about the many opportunities that we have to offer our customers. We organize workshops, seminars, webinars and more, all designed to inform and educate our communities and customers about exciting topics in the agricultural community. Our most popular topics include how to grow fodder, CEA (controlled-environment agriculture) techniques, hydroponic growing and greenhouse growing. Until now, all of our seminars and workshops have been held at our Dyersville, IA location, equipped with our CEA Technology Center greenhouse, as well as one of our Hercules Truss Arch Buildings where we manufacture many buildings for our affiliate company, ClearSpan Fabric Structures.

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Spotlight on Avon Old Farms School and Their High Tunnel Classroom

Avon Old Farms High Tunnel

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.

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The Red, White and Blue of Growers Supply’s NFT Hydroponic Systems

Growers Supply Technology Center Demonstration Greenhouse

In honor of the Fourth this week, we wanted to highlight one of our favorite American-made product lines. Hydroponics is growing in popularity for growing a variety of different plants. It requires much less space than traditional growing methods and uses only water to bring plants to maturity. Here is a little run down on Growers Supply’s NFT hydroponic channels that fits in with the theme of the week—the good ole’ red, white and blue!

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Spotlight on Mike Sossong and his Ever-Growing Raised Bed Gardens

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Mike Sossong of Portage, Pennsylvania has been an enthusiastic hobby farmer and grower since the mid 1990s. Since then, his projects have become predominantly focused around vegetable growing. Wanting to provide fresh produce for his family, Mike decided to give raised-bed gardening a shot. In 2012, he purchased six raised beds from Growers Supply® and has expanded his garden by another two beds this year.

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Spotlight on Texas AgriLife Research & Extension and their High Tunnel Experiments

TA High Tunnel

The art of growing is constantly developing and changing due to new technology and research in the field. For instance, hydroponics and high tunnel growing have recently taken off in response to some experimentation from people willing to get their hands a little dirty. High tunnel growing, in fact, is the focus of a variety research programs throughout the country from the NRCS high tunnel program to university research projects. Texas AgriLife Research & Extension is just one of the many institutions that is currently looking into the benefits of growing in a hoop house through hands-on research.

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