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Do It Yourself: Drip Irrigation Systems

Installing drip irrigationWater is an essential part of life, so much so that a fully grown adult can only last 3-4 days without it. Water isn’t just a necessity for humans however, it’s also extremely vital to your plants. Without water, plants cannot absorb essential nutrients from the soil, so to your plants, going without water does not just mean lacking hydration it also means going without food. Read more

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring…All About Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation imageAsk any grower what their biggest “growing headache” may be and you’ll get a variety of answers, but I would bet that one of the top responses would be concerning watering crops and produce. You won’t hear “rain, rain, go away!” being sung by too many farmers these days, with many across the country facing drought and hot temperatures that are scorching crops and making it difficult to keep up with watering. However, there is relief in sight! It comes in the form of irrigation. When it comes to determining what type of system will work best for you, here are some tips and information that can be helpful to making sure your crops and plants stay healthy and well watered.

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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 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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Frequently Asked Questions on Drip Irrigation

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Drip Irrigation is a very efficient method of watering crops, providing more uniform, timely and precise application of water than all other irrigation methods. Drip tape systems should be set up either on the surface of the soil, or directly underneath in order to deliver water right to plants’ roots reducing waste. Drip irrigation offers many benefits and the result of these advantages is more rapid growth and earlier harvest, higher quality crops at higher yields, as well as cost savings associated with greatly reduced water usage. When first designing a drip system, it can be a bit confusing. Here are a few questions commonly asked by FarmTek customers who are just getting started.

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Frequently Asked Questions on the Process from Germination to Harvest

Harvesting strawberriesAfter your seeds grow into seedlings, it is time to transplant them so they can finish out the growing process. Of course, there are many things to consider at the time of transplant, and a variety of questions will undoubtedly come up. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions from Growers Supply customers on this stage of the growing cycle.

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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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Hydrate Your Plants: A Guide to Irrigation Systems

While the greater part of the country suffers from the worst drought in recent history, it is more important than ever to consider alternatives to traditional irrigation. There are many advanced technologies in irrigation available to more efficiently and effectively deliver water to plants. Whether you are a greenhouse or field grower, we recommend three main types of irrigation systems: drip tape systems, dripper systems and sprinkler systems.Drip Irrigation System
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