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Tomato Diseases Part 3: Insects

Tomato PestsAs we wind down our look into tomato disease, it would be difficult to overlook the damage that is caused by pests in the tomato industry. Pests will inflict physical damage and also spread many of the diseases we’ve previously discussed. They can leave operations of all sizes decimated, so it is crucial to know how to handle them. Controlling pests can be difficult, but it’s certainly necessary, so we’ll discuss some of the more common pests and how their presence and activity can be curbed. Read more

Tomato Diseases Part 2: Wilt & Rot

Tomato Plant with WiltLast time we looked into some of the most harmful tomato diseases, like early and late blight, and hopefully you have been able to keep your tomato plants – and garden as a whole – disease free since. Today we’ll build off of last week and discuss a couple of wilting diseases, a disease that creates harmful spotting on the leaves and one that can cause deep, unsightly lesions, and all of these are caused by fungi. Let’s jump right in. Read more

Tomato Disease Part 1: Crop Destruction

healthy tomato growthStanding among a growing tomato field or greenhouse is a lovely sight. The deep red fruit ascending the supports or trellised the ceiling of a greenhouse shows us the beauty, functionality and sustainability that can occur when man works alongside nature. Of course, tomatoes also offer growers a great way to make money, and for these reasons tomatoes are one of the most commonly grown crops in America. Second to only the Chinese in production, Americans spend countless hours every growing season producing fresh tomatoes for households everywhere or processing purposes. Read more

Spotlight on the John Bosco House and their Hydroponic Program

John Bosco hydroponics

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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You Grew What?! A look at some of horticulture’s coolest world records

tomato crop

Today’s blog post is all about the most outstanding records centered around growing and gardening. Of course, we hear about things like the world’s tallest man or the longest-living person, but did you know that the largest tomato plant ever recorded covered a little over 610 square feet? Have fun reading through the most interesting records we could find on growing. Hey, maybe you could even beat one of them one day!

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Photo Blog: Do We Have Tomatoes?!

kopmann tomatoesOne of our customers, John K., recently grew some tomatoes in his high tunnel that fruited like crazy! His abundance of this popular salad topper made him the man to see at his local farmer’s market. Here is his story.

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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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Seed Starting: The Journey from Seed to Seedling

Seedlings in commercial greenhouseEvery spring, garden centers, plant nurseries and hardware stores are filled to the brim with an abundance of beautiful vegetable and flower transplants. While their convenience might be alluring, take a look at the price tag before heading to the checkout line. If you are planning to grow a large garden this year, you may want to think about starting your own seeds, which can be easy, cheap and fun. You will be able to watch the lifecycle of your plants from seed to delicious vegetable. With a few basic seed-starting products from Growers Supply, and a little bit of know-how, your summer garden can be filled with great homegrown produce or stunning ornamental flowers. Read more

Hydroponic Vegetable Photo Tour

There’s lots “growing” on in our Iowa greenhouse.  We’ve got a few different kinds of lettuce growing in our NFT channels.  There are pole beans growing so tall Jack would be tempted to climb them.  I could go on and on, but wouldn’t you rather see it for yourself?

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From Abigail’s Desk: Hydroponic Tomato Producer Grows Big With Growers Supply

Jiffy Grow Block

Hydroponics is a huge movement in the growing industry in recent years. Although as early as the 1600s scientists discovered that plants did not need soil to survive, it wasn’t until the mid 1800s that the correct nutrients needed for water-based plant growth were identified. Since then, universities and large-scale producers started using and teaching various types of hydroponic techniques and now growers all over the world are experiencing great success.

I have a customer that is located in northern Vermont who is an excellent example of how growers can benefit from hydroponic production.  A large-scale tomato farm that has been in business since 1993, this company sells 10 pallets of the fruit to grocery stores and markets across the northeast each week. Read more