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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 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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Nutrient Management: A Recipe for Successful Growing

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To be the best grower you can be, you need to have a good understanding of the essential nutrients for plant growth. Nutrient management means getting the most “bang for your buck,” while not wasting money and time by over-fertilizing or using the wrong fertilizer at the wrong time. Most of you know about N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium), but do you know that there are 15 other nutrients that are considered essential to plant growth?

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Digging to the Bottom of Growing and Planting Myths: Fact or Fiction?

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April Fool’s Day may be over but with Spring finally upon us, we thought it would be fun to highlight some common garden and planting myths. With the planting season here, some of these may be obvious to you but it can never hurt to brush up on your planting knowledge and see how much you know! Some silly, some helpful…no matter what, read on and you’re sure to learn something new!

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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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Grow Your Own Way: A Guide to Growing Media

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In today’s world, growing plants is not as simple as just putting seeds in soil and adding water and light. As technology has advanced, the choices growers are faced with have expanded immensely. Many types of growing media have been developed that include the nutrients necessary for plants to grow. Here is a sampling of our favorite types that you may want to try when starting your seeds this spring.

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Great Ways to Stay Busy in the Garden (or Greenhouse!) this Fall

It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting cooler and the trees are shedding their leaves. For some people, fall simply means decorating their yards with pumpkins and mums and enjoying warm apple drinks and desserts. For growers, it means another season filled with plenty to do!

Autumn is a great time to clean out your garden or greenhouse and prepare for next spring. It is also a great time to get some cool-weather crops in the ground since a season without growing is really no fun at all. At Growers Supply, we are cleaning out our growing spaces at our offices and hearing stories from employees who are doing the same at home. So, we wanted to share some ways to keep fellow growers out in the dirt through the colder months. Read more

Growing the Distance from Germination to Harvest

Petunia ready for transplantNow that spring has set in and you have developed some strong little seedlings, it’s about time to transplant them so they can grow into beautiful flowers or delicious produce. Plants need certain things to grow, so you’ll need to make sure they are available in order for seedlings to develop into healthy plants. Just like with seed starting, there are many ways to plant, fertilize and water your seedlings when transplanting, so it is important to understand all of your options.

WHAT SOIL OPTIONS ARE BEST FOR SEEDLING DEVELOPMENT?

Since growing seedlings need plenty of nutrients and a weed-free environment to grow into strong, healthy plants, staying away from the soil you find around your yard is a good idea. With all of the growing technology available today, many soil mixes have been developed that will give your seedlings everything they need without much help from you.
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Give Your Soil a Check Up: A Guide to Soil Testers

SoilWhen you were little, would your parents have opened the fridge, found the first edible thing they saw and give it to you in hopes that you would grow up to be healthy and strong? Of course not. Just as children need a variety of nutritious foods when they are growing, plants need to have plenty of nutrients in the soil they are growing in. Many growers are already used to fertilizing their plants for best results, but how do you know exactly what your soil needs?
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