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Spotlight on the Mustard Seed Landscaping & Garden Center and their Cost-Effective Greenhouse

Mustard Seed Greenhouses

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.

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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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Seed Saving Tips and Tricks

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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!

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You Grew What?! A look at some of horticulture’s coolest world records

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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!

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Spotlight on Dove Creek Gardens and their Growing Mail-Order Nursery

Growers Supply Greenhouse

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.

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Photos are worth 1,000 words—or $500!

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Do you love taking pictures as much as you love your Growers Supply products? Well, it’s time to get inspired and take some great photos of your favorite Growers Supply items in action because our 2013 Photo Contest starts June 18th! We love our loyal readers so much, we wanted to give you a couple days head start to find (or take) the perfect photo!

Get ready for your ten seconds of fame, because if you win, you’ll be featured on our website and this very blog. Anyone can enter and we’re looking for photos showcasing how you use our products, so get snapping.

The grand prize winner will receive a $500 Growers Supply gift certificate and five lucky runners-up will each receive a $200 FarmTek gift certificate. How’s that for motivation?

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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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Get Dad the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

Father's Day

Dads do so much for us throughout the year, so why not make this Father’s Day one they will remember forever? You can have a great BBQ in Dad’s honor or go out for a fun family dinner, but no matter what you do, make sure the perfect gift comes along with it! We know you are busy, which is why we want to give you some gift ideas you can add onto your next order from Growers Supply. If you aren’t sure what to get, why not get one of the most important men in your life a gift certificate so he can pick out something he really needs?

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Protect your Plants: How One Growers Supply Employee Kept his Blueberries Safe from Predators and More!

Today’s blog post comes to us from Carlos C., a long time Growers Supply employee and hobby gardener. 

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My wife and I are big fans of pick-your-own blueberries and each year we visit the local orchards to stock up. I planted my own blueberry bushes four years ago, along with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. At the beginning of each season, I would see tiny blueberries growing, but by harvest time they would always seem to disappear. Obviously the local New England birds were “picking their own,” along with the other critters in my neighborhood. Determined to have my own blueberries for breakfast this year, I decided to install some bird netting over the blueberry bushes.

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Spotlight on Shanahan Middle School and their Growing Green Thumbs

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Shanahan Middle School, in Lewis Center, OH, has been involved in wellness initiatives over the past four years to help students engage in gardening, while addressing the health benefits of consuming unprocessed food. Cynthia Walters, a teacher at the school, is also the initiator and founder of the Shanahan Middle School Greenhouse Project. She explains, “I work with the district to implement wellness-based curriculums and events, and serve as an advocate to improve lunch and snack options for students nationwide.” The Shanahan Middle School Greenhouse Project joins marries sixth grade plant-based learning, the general science curriculum and wellness initiatives to “empower students to make healthy choices.”

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