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

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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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2013 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

Photo Contest Honorable Mentions
After receiving hundreds of submissions to our photo contest, we wanted to share with you some of our favorites. These photos may not have won a prize, but they still stood out and we felt that we needed to recognize them. We smiled, we laughed and we were awed by some of these great pictures and the stories we received with them. There are seven superlative categories and we selected a winner for each. These customers will each receive a dozen pair of our Growers Supply Dot Grip Gloves! We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did!

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And The Winners Are….Announcing Our 2013 Fall Photo Contest Winners!

Photo Contest Winners

It’s that time of year again! The photos came pouring in for our 2013 Fall Photo Contest and we’re here to announce the winners! As always, the quality and quantity of photos we received was large, but we were finally able to narrow it down to a top winner and runners-up. We loved seeing the submissions from our customers—from chickens and cows, to high tunnels and greenhouses, you all sent us some great photos and we love seeing our products in action. If you didn’t submit photos this time around, be sure to do so during our next photo contest. We’d love to see what you have to share! But for now, read on and see how our top finishers are using our products!

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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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Give Students the Gift of Growing

Student Greenhouse

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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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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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. 

Protecting plants

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 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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