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7 tips for a successful hemp crop and the secret to avoiding “hot hemp.”

Last year was a bit of a disappointment for hemp growers. Many farmers didn’t realize the profits they had anticipated. Part of this had to do with events beyod their control, like a cool, wet spring and even floods in … Continue reading

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Benefits of natural lawn care

Several years ago I switched from synthetic based fertilizers to organic fertilizers to feed my flowers and shrubs and have never looked back–except to see how well they’re growing! I decided to do the same for lawn care, and boy … Continue reading

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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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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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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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The “not my New Years Resolution” Resolution

We all know what becomes of New Year’s resolutions. No matter how resolute we are most of these resolutions to “exercise every day” or “lose 20 pounds in a month” go into the dust bin of good intentions before Valentine’s … Continue reading

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CobraWeeder makes weeding a little easier

One tool I’ve found to be indispensable for my home garden and landscaping jobs is the CobraHead Weeder. If you’re not familiar with this marvelous tool it’s shaped like a fish hook with a patented “Steel Fingernail.” which describes the tip … Continue reading

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Why add dissolved oxygen to your water?

In this article I wrote for Produce Grower magazine, Why add dissolved oxygen? , I researched the topic of dissolved oxygen and talked to the experts on the why and how of adding dissolved oxygen to your water for both hydroponics … Continue reading

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Enjoy fall gardening (and get some work done!)

Gardening in the autumn is like no other time of year. The weather is cooler and you don’t feel the pressure of all the things there are to do in the spring; like getting the containers filled with flowers, mulching … Continue reading

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