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Choosing Your High Tunnel

Types of High Tunnels

The style of high tunnel you use will largely depend on what you’re looking to grow. Growers Supply offers ClearSpanTM High Tunnels in a variety of styles to meet your specific needs. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know what’s right. We’ve put together a short list highlighting some of our most popular high tunnels and the features that make them unique.  Read more

High Tunnels: Extend Your Season, Grow Better Crops & Much, Much More!

High Tunnel Farming

When growing outdoors there are a number of factors that you have to take into account to ensure your crops are healthy and productive. Abiding by the growing season, as well as protecting crops from weather, disease and pests are essential to a successful harvest. Nearly eliminating these factors and getting a few extra weeks added onto your growing season can help you to grow more crops at a higher quality, and this can make all the difference between a successful and unsuccessful business. Growing with a ClearSpan™ high tunnel can protect your crops and allow you to achieve a longer growing season, which in turn will lead to crops of higher quality and quantity. Read more

High Tunnel Growing: An Easy Way to Extend Your Season

CS Woodside Raspberries 1

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.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Tips for Frost Prevention

winter frost photo

While you may be able to handle the temperatures dipping down into the lower half of the thermometer lately, you may not be quite ready to give up on your plants and vegetables that can catch a chill and wither up for good once the cold weather arrives. Frost season is coming fast and despite the last few warm days of summer holding on, the nights across much of the country have begun to cool down significantly. This can be bad news for gardens and crops that you’d like to have around for just a bit longer. But with a little effort and the right protection, this is certainly possible.

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Spotlight on Cherry Creek Farm and their key to season extension

Cherry Creek High Tunnel

Small business owners and growers are faced with risky ventures all the time that can make or break their success. As many growers have seen, the purchase of a high tunnel (or a few) can mean the difference between profitability and downfall of their business. Read on to discover how Susan Hall of Cherry Creek Farm was able to extend her growing seasons and maximize profits with the purchase of ClearSpan High Tunnels.

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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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Photos are worth 1,000 words—or $500!

High Tunnel

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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Keep the NRCS Program Fresh in Your Mind – It’s Always a Good Time to Buy a High Tunnel!

Gothic Style High Tunnel

As the locally grown movement gains more and more momentum, high tunnels are becoming increasingly popular for season extension. The USDA is ready and willing to help farmers get their dream high tunnel for another year in a row! If you haven’t heard of the “Know your Farmer, Know your Food” initiative yet, here is a little description for you. Basically, if you grow $1,000 worth of produce a year and would like a high tunnel, the NRCS may be willing to fund it for you in exchange for three years of research on how it works. If you want a high tunnel for your operation, read on to find out how this program can benefit you.

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Building a Hoop House – An affordable way to protect your plants and extend your growing season

Finished hoop house

Today’s blog post comes to us from a customer who got very creative with his growing structure. Get ready to learn how Carlos from Connecticut constructed a hoop house to cover his garden.

Why I needed a hoop house

Last year I purchased two raised bed kits from Growers Supply to grow heirloom tomatoes, Japanese cucumbers and eggplants and other Asian vegetables for my wife. Compared to our previous in-ground garden, the raised bed produced a better yield and tastier vegetables. However, we weren’t the only ones that enjoyed the greater harvest – squirrels, birds, rabbits and other critters took delight in this “salad bar.” This year as we were seed starting I began to consider solutions to keep them out of our raised bed garden.

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Spotlight on Woodside Raspberries – “The concept of the high tunnel is wonderful…”

woodside high tunnels and dog

When Chuck and Barbara Schulstad retired from teaching in Fargo, ND and moved back to the family farm in Erskine, MN, their only previous experience was running a pick-your-own raspberry patch and small garden. They now own and operate the family farm, Woodside Raspberries, a 160-acre property that was purchased by Chuck’s grandfather in 1913.

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