Author Archives: copywriter

EcoChar: compost in a jar

I’m trying out a new fertilizer formulated for gardeners and farmers alike. It’s a biochar type product with the trade name Ecochar. Through a method called gasification various biodegradable waste products, such as manure, food scraps and the spent grains … Continue reading

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No-fail seed starting method

If you’re not starting seeds indoors for your garden you’re missing out on a fun and rewarding activity, one that you can do while it’s still blustery outdoors. Or, if you’re homebound due to the CoVid virus it will give … Continue reading

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Will we see the return of Victory Gardens?

After receiving yet another nightly dose of anxiety-producing news on the COVID-19 outbreak, I decided I needed to do something to get busy and try to relieve my own anxiety.   Being a gardener, my thoughts naturally turned to what I … Continue reading

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Can great copywriting help recruit the best candidate for a job?

In the case of this help wanted ad it may have made all the difference! A few weeks ago I received the copy below. It was a want ad to fill an important position at the company. They wanted me … Continue reading

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Now hiring: Plant Trials Manager for Altman Plants

Altman Plants – Plant Trials Manager Job Opportunity Altman Plants is looking for a talented and energetic Plant Trials Manager The ideal applicant will evaluate new succulents, annuals, perennials, and roses for a nationally known company. This role will include … Continue reading

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Articles from 2019 to help grow your business in 2020

The past year has been a downright thriller in horticulture. The legalization of hemp in late 2018 has opened up a huge market for growers and suppliers while the legal cannabis market continues to evolve at a dizzying speed. And … Continue reading

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Gift for the gardener: the Cobrahead Weeder

One tool I’ve found to be indispensable for my home gardening and landscaping jobs is the CobraHead Weeder. If you’re not familiar with this marvelous tool it’s a hand-held tool, a little over a foot long, shaped like a fish … Continue reading

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Freelance Writers Den offers bang for your buck

Like a veteran carpenter who has built everything from garages to kitchen cabinets, I’ve done a lot of different types of writing: blog posts, articles, white papers, press releases, etc. Ask me to do just about any type of writing … Continue reading

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Partnership provides tools to enhance water quality and food safety

Water intelligence coordinator KETOS, Inc., and agriculture leader Dramm Corporation today announced a strategic partnership to empower growers across the U.S. and Canada.  Understanding the correlation between water quality and food safety Dramm will use KETOS water monitoring solutions to … Continue reading

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Indoor lighting simplified and the new SpotOn® Quantum PAR Light Meter

Indoor gardening is increasingly popular among home gardeners as well as professional growers. Plants grown indoors and undercover in a greenhouse extends the season and offers control of the environment much better than growing outside, where plants can be damaged … Continue reading

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New light meter hits the market

PRESS RELEASE Introducing the SpotOn® Quantum PAR Light Meter by Innoquest Inc.  New light meter provides an inexpensive solution to measure LED and other sources of light Woodstock, IL.–Innoquest Inc. maker of precision meters for the agriculture sector since 1993, has … Continue reading

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Advice to hemp growers: buy certified seed

I recently read about a crop failure some hemp growers in Kansas experienced as a result of purchasing poor seed. They paid a dollar per seed. The growers vowed to use certified seed next time around. Certified seed can be … Continue reading

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Plant profile: Colocasia ‘Distant Memory’

This spring I was given the opportunity (and a nice plant!) to be part of a competition growing Colocacia ‘Distant Memory,’ aka, elephant ear. I’m not sure how well I did in the competition (the results aren’t known yet), but … Continue reading

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Adopt-a-Hive Program: A Welcoming Way into Beekeeping, Mother Earth News

For the past several years, I’ve wanted to get into beekeeping. Adding beehives to our property seemed like a natural fit, because we already have a large garden, some chickens, and lots of native flowering plants. However, beekeeping seemed a … Continue reading

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Indoor lighting simplified and an affordable light meter

Everywhere I look I see people getting into growing indoors. Gardening indoors extends the season for most of us and allows us to control the environment much better than we can outdoors. While growing houseplants and starting some flower and … Continue reading

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What you should know about growing hemp in a greenhouse

Hemp could be the next gold rush for agriculture. However, before you rush in and start growing hemp in a greenhouse, it’s critical to learn all you can about not only growing Cannabis Sativa, a cousin to the marijuana plant, but … Continue reading

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Are you taking advantage of dissolved oxygen?

Adequate aeration to the plant root zone improves root development and helps enhance overall plant growth. Studies have shown that supplementing oxygen to the root zone via the delivery of dissolved oxygen (DO) can improve crop yields while reducing the … Continue reading

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So what’s so smart about Smart Pots?

Apparently the pots I grow my plants in aren’t too smart. Because now comes “Smart Pots,” the trade name for fabric pots that allow good aeration to the root system of plants. These pots fall into the category of “now, … Continue reading

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Dissolved Oxygen: Low cost solution for increased plant health and yield

Adequate aeration to the plant root system improves root development and helps maintain overall plant growth. Studies have shown that supplementing oxygen to the root zone via the delivery of dissolved oxygen (DO) can improve crop yields while reducing the … Continue reading

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Danger: Keep out!

In my latest article for Greenhouse Management magazine I share advice from the experts on installing protective insect screens that will reduce pest populations and ultimately, the use of pesticides. Consumers’ desire for pesticide-free ornamental and edible crops, coupled with … Continue reading

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