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High Tunnel Growing: An Easy Way to Extend Your Season

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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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Give Students the Gift of Growing

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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.

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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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Get Dad the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

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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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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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My Journey into the Land of Plenty- Literally!

Land of PlentyToday’s blog post comes from our guest blogger, Nichole Kemp. Nichole is the marketing and event specialist for Growers Supply’s parent company ESAPCO where she manages and organizes all our trade shows, open houses and workshops. She is also the brand manager for our building division, ClearSpan Fabric Structures, and the self titled “ClearSpan Brand Evangelist”. Last month Nichole had the opportunity to visit our Dyersville, IA manufacturing facility where she observed one of our fodder workshops. This is the tale of her travels and, as she likes to put it, her journey into the land of plenty! Read more

Raise the Bar in Your Garden: A Guide to Raised Bed Growing

Raised Bed GardenSpring is here and it’s time to start planning your garden. Why not try something a little different this year and build a raised bed in your backyard or in your greenhouse? Raised bed growing is considered a step up from simply gardening in the ground because you have more control over soil quality. For example, you can aerate the natural ground soil and use it in your raised bed or you can buy soil that contains the nutrients most important for your crop.

Raised beds can grow almost any of the same crops you would grow in the ground, from flowers and vegetables to small bushes and shrubs. With the many benefits associated with raised bed growing, you should consider building one this year so you can garden in it for years to come.

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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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Look What’s Growing on in CT

At Growers Supply, we pride ourselves on educating our staff with hands-on training, which means eventually everyone has to get some dirt under their fingernails! After successfully starting our seeds indoors this year, we moved them into the back lot of our Connecticut office. We’ve got jalapenos in raised beds, petunias in hanging baskets and eggplants in NFT channels growing abundantly. Take a look for yourself!

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Ultimate Guide to Growing Tomatoes – Part 4: Beyond Basic Tomatoes

We’ve been talking tomatoes for 3 weeks now and I’ve probably said “tomato” over, what, three dozen times? All these times I’ve said “tomatoes,” you’ve probably imagined something like this:
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Aren’t they beautiful? Of course they are! They’re perfect standard tomatoes. But this is the Ultimate Guide to growing tomatoes, not the standard guide. Let’s go beyond standard to ultimate. I’m talking heirlooms and organics. This is what I’m talking about:Pile of heirloom tomatoes

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