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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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Biocontrols offer alternatives to chemicals

For years I’ve heard organic gardeners talk about attracting beneficial insects to your garden. Preying mantis comes readily to mind, but there are many other beneficial insects. But can these insects be relied on to control insects in a commercial … Continue reading

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Watering tools worth singing about

I’ve always said, “show me a water wand worth its salt and I’ll sing its praises.” Well, the Dramm Corporation has shown me not one, but two water wands worthy of singing in the shower. The first one I’d like … Continue reading

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12 things I’ve learned in 12 months that could benefit green industry professionals

  Over the last 12 months I’ve interviewed dozens of green industry professionals and listened to countless people tell their stories of success and challenges in this industry. Here is my take on what I’ve learned and how it may … Continue reading

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Managing diseases in microgreens

Microgreens could be described as the 100-yard dash of food crop production. Most are ready for harvest in less than 21 days. And because they have such a short shelf life, they’re sent off to restaurants, farmers markets and retail … Continue reading

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Making the most of greenhouse bench systems

In a recent article I wrote for Greenhouse Management magazine, I detail how growers can update their growing bench systems for increased efficiency and to save on labor costs: Making the most of greenhouse bench systems.

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Poinsettia trends: red & beyond

Read one of my latest articles published in Greenhouse Management magazine: http://www.greenhousemag.com/article/poinsettia-trends-red–beyond/

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Are you telling your story? Ten topics to write about

  An orchid grower I talked with recently told me about how she gave up teaching at a major university to go into the orchid business. She says it started out as a six week stint between teaching gigs, helping … Continue reading

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How to Garden with Comfort, Ease and Simplicity in the Second Half of Life

Gardening as we get older can be a little more challenging, but no less enjoyable. At least that’s the premise of a smart little book called, Late Bloomer: How to Garden with Comfort, Ease and Simplicity in the Second Half … Continue reading

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Words and phrases that should rightfully be banned

Every year since 1976 Lake Superior State University, my alma mater, has published  a list of banned words and phrases, sent in from people from around the world, that are misleading, misused or simply worn out. Many of these words … Continue reading

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Grow your profits with white papers for the green industry

Learn why you should consider using white papers in your marketing and what it takes to write one Are you selling pricey items to green industry businesses like landscapers, greenhouse growers, nurseries or garden centers? Do you have a white paper … Continue reading

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GardenFrames offer elegance, ease of assembly for raised beds

I love plants and can grow about anything. I even know the botanical names of things like a birch tree (Betula) and plants in the cabbage family (Brassicas). However, when it comes to carpentry, I’m the gardening equivalent of a … Continue reading

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Hardy ornamental grasses for the northern region

I’ve always been a little jealous of the folks in warmer climates who have the tall, flowing ornamental grasses growing in their yards. Here in the zone 4 region, tall, hardy ornamental grasses are hard to come by. Some do … Continue reading

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