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

winter frost photo

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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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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Customer Spotlight: Pat Raunick’s Nurturing Greenhouse

Small hobby greenhouse

The beauty of greenhouses is that they can be as big as any large commercial grower may need, or as small as any backyard hobby grower needs to grow fresh, healthy produce within the comfort of her own home and yard. The latter is the case for Pat Raunick, a Growers Supply customer who purchased a greenhouse in order raise her own produce and to create an activity she could enjoy with her grandchildren.

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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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How to Insulate your Greenhouse with TekFoil™ Reflective Insulation

Temperatures are finally dropping and winter is settling in. Hopefully, you have installed heaters in your greenhouse so you can keep growing regardless of the weather, but did you remember to insulate? Insulating your greenhouse with TekFoil can greatly reduce the amount you spend on heating your greenhouse because less heat will be able to escape. Growers Supply carries many varieties of TekFoil Insulation, so it is important to know which one is right for your application. Read more

Is Your Greenhouse Winter Ready?

Is your greenhouse winter ready?Fall is in full effect, which means old man winter will be arriving soon. Now is the time to ask yourself if your greenhouse is ready for the chilly months ahead. Whether you plan to close up shop in your greenhouse altogether or keep growing despite the weather outside, you will be able to use some of these helpful hints. Read more

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

How to Choose a Greenhouse Heater

Whether you own a hobby or commercial greenhouse, efficiently heating the space is a must during these cold winter months. It is important that you provide your plants with the right environment in order for them to thrive and Growers Supply offers a variety of heaters to suit your cold-weather growing needs.

WHAT WILL YOU BE GROWING?

Cold weather crops

The first thing you will need to consider is what plants or crops you want to grow in your greenhouse because the temperature needed will be different depending on what you are growing inside. Certain crops are classified as warm-weather crops, such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplant, while some are classified as cool-weather crops, like lettuce, broccoli and cabbage. Cool-weather crops are best grown throughout the winter months, because they will require less heating to thrive. Warm-weather crops will not be as successful during colder climates, because your heater will need to work harder to keep the greenhouse at the right temperature. If you live in a climate of varying temperature, you should grow warm-weather crops in your greenhouse during warmer months and cool-weather crops during colder months. Read more

3 Steps to Prepare your Greenhouse for Winter

Greenhouses in snowAs the days get shorter and colder, it is time to think about getting your greenhouse ready for the winter months. Whether you shut down your greenhouse completely for the winter season or keep growing, you will be able to use some of these helpful hints.

  1. Insulate then hibernate

    Unless you like throwing money out the window, take the time and invest the money needed to insulate your greenhouse properly. Sealing Old Man Winter out will put extra money in your pocket for that holiday shopping. To insulate your greenhouse, we recommend Handi Foam, Silicone Caulk, and Foam Weather Stripping.

    Keeping heat down at the plant level helps you save big on your heating bills. Why pay to heat the air above your plants when you don’t have to? Insulate north facing and any other solid walls with TekFoil. Cover any unused fans both inside and out, if possible. Read more