Different Routes Lead To New Growth In Your Greenhouse

We’re beginning to see the signs of warm days ahead here in Ohio after another record-breaking winter of cold temperatures that are better suited to Alaska. One bright spot for me this time of year is the arrival of my seed catalogs. If you can’t see your garden for the heaps of snow and ice, the next best thing is to browse through a catalog and dream about which new flowers and vegetables will grace your yard come spring.

This year, my husband Greg plans to thwart the deer and other critters that run rampant in our yard and gain some extra growing space by using an old treehouse platform for a small vegetable garden, basically a raised bed taken to the extreme. It’s a new way of growing vegetables for sure, but why not take that route. If it works, we’ll have gained a new garden bed and enjoy fresh tasty vegetables this summer while the wildlife looks to other means for their annual buffet.

Greg still has some logistics to work out, first and foremost how to get water up there, but I applaud him for taking a different path to explore new possibilities and enlarge our growing space.

Unexpected Growth Awaits When You Take A Different Path

Likewise, when Bob and Jesse Kilgore, owners of Brogue Hydroponics, wished to expand their vegetable operation, they took a different route to find a sustainable solution to limited production space — aquaponics. In “Aquaponics Is Making A Splash At Brogue Hydroponics,” Contributing Editor Brian Sparks shares how this path has led to new marketing and production opportunities for the company.

Insect control is a two-fold problem for Brogue Hydroponics because the fish and vegetables it grows eventually end up in consumers’ hands. Like other vegetable growers, it employs a combination of conventional materials, organic-approved products and beneficial insects and biological controls to fight pests and disease.

A recent Greenhouse Grower survey of more than 156 ornamental plant and flower growers across the U.S. indicated that 85 percent of growers used biocontrols in 2014. The survey results, shared in “Survey Snapshot Shows Biocontrols Mainstreaming,” marks the beginning of a special biocontrols section, which talks about how growers and chemical protection companies are successfully implementing biocontrols in their operations. Also, see “Manufacturers Take Biologicals To Next Level” and “Biocontrols Use Requires Commitment.”

Biocontrols factor heavily into discussions involving bee health and the use of pesticides because they offer alternatives for growers who are trying to balance environmental stewardship with successfully growing crops. Discover ways to do both while reading “Protecting Bees And Protecting Pollinators: 10 Ways To Cover Both Bases” and “Pollinator Initiative Promotes Bee-Friendly Talking Points,” where Editor Laura Drotleff will update you on AmericanHort and the Society of American Florists’ progress with the industry’s pollinator initiative.

Whatever road you take, whether the well-worn path or the untrodden one, I hope it’s your pathway to growth, and most important, that you enjoy the journey.

Topics: ,

Leave a Reply

More From Management...
AFE-Flower-Marketing-Videos

April 20, 2018

Your Weekly Chance to Market the Positive Vibes That Flowers Bring

Each week between now and the end of the year, American Floral Endowment will post a new video promoting flowers.

Read More
Dual Income No Kids (DINK) Young Couple

April 10, 2018

Make Plans to Attend the NICH Annual Conference in Atlanta in June

Everyone in every aspect of consumer horticulture is invited to attend and help create a unified, strategic plan around industry-wide priorities.

Read More
2016 Massachusetts Horticultural Society Field Trials

March 31, 2018

Save the Date for the 2018 Northeast Greenhouse Conference

This year’s conference takes place Nov. 7-8, 2018, and offers growers a great opportunity to learn, share, and connect with other industry professionals.

Read More
Latest Stories
AFE-Flower-Marketing-Videos

April 20, 2018

Your Weekly Chance to Market the Positive Vibes That Fl…

Each week between now and the end of the year, American Floral Endowment will post a new video promoting flowers.

Read More
Dual Income No Kids (DINK) Young Couple

April 10, 2018

Make Plans to Attend the NICH Annual Conference in Atla…

Everyone in every aspect of consumer horticulture is invited to attend and help create a unified, strategic plan around industry-wide priorities.

Read More
2016 Massachusetts Horticultural Society Field Trials

March 31, 2018

Save the Date for the 2018 Northeast Greenhouse Confere…

This year’s conference takes place Nov. 7-8, 2018, and offers growers a great opportunity to learn, share, and connect with other industry professionals.

Read More
NatureFresh-Farms-Leamington-Expansion

March 27, 2018

NatureFresh Further Expands Greenhouse Tomato Productio…

Construction of a new, 32-acre greenhouse facility will commence in the summer of 2018, with production scheduled to begin in 2019.

Read More
Dickman-Farms-Carve-and-Brew-Event

March 26, 2018

How Dickman Farms Used a New Event to Expand Its Custom…

Last fall, Dickman Farms hosted “Carve & Brew,” a new event in which young adults were able to carve a pumpkin, taste craft brews from two local microbreweries, and relax with friends and neighbors.

Read More
Bell Nursery Panorama Photo

March 23, 2018

Bell Nursery’s Gary Mangum Provides Insight on De…

In light of the March 14 announcement that Bell Nursery Holdings LLC had been acquired by Central Garden & Pet, Greenhouse Grower caught up with Bell Nursery CEO Gary Mangum to get the backstory on the deal. Here is our full interview with Mangum.

Read More
Mason-Day-GrowIt-Feature

March 22, 2018

Why Your Efforts to Sell Plants Fall Short and What You…

It’s time to look at outside industries for ideas and inspiration on what we can do to operate more efficiently in today’s economy.

Read More
Seed-Your-Future-Dinner

March 20, 2018

Seed Your Future Dinner Celebrates Focus on New, Young …

During a Seed Your Future Leadership Meeting Fundraiser dinner at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania's Ag Secretary thanked the Seed Your Future initiative for its efforts to create awareness of horticulture and careers in horticulture.

Read More
Banker-Plants-at-Thiels

March 19, 2018

Bug Your Customer About Biocontrols

Getting customers educated about your biocontrol use and using it to build your brand is all about telling your story in way that attracts attention.

Read More
John Sorenson

March 15, 2018

Vestaron CEO John Sorenson Dies at Age 68

Sorenson, a long-time crop protection specialist in the horticulture industry, was a key figure in Vestaron’s launch of new and innovative biological products.

Read More
Roger-Kehoe-Eason

March 12, 2018

Eason Horticultural Resources Adds to its National Sale…

Roger Kehoe joins the company as a Sales and Production Management Expert. He was most recently the Director of Young Plant Production at the Color Division of Costa Farms.

Read More

March 11, 2018

National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture Releases …

A new series of four #PlantsDoThat Inside infographics focuses on the multitude of ways indoor plants affect where we live, where we work, where we heal, and where we learn. The first two infographics are now available.

Read More
Penn State University campus

March 9, 2018

Check Out the Top 40 Ag Colleges in the World

The most recent World University Ranking by Subject report includes a breakdown of the top agricultural colleges. Find out if your alma mater made the list!

Read More
GCA-Summer-Tour-McAuliffes

March 9, 2018

GCA Announces Complete Seattle Garden Center Summer Tou…

The Garden Centers of America Summer Tour in Seattle will feature visits to some of the most unique plant retailers in the Pacific Northwest.

Read More

March 8, 2018

Southern Nursery Association to Award $18,000 in Schola…

The deadline for application is May 27, and 12 scholarships are expected to be awarded.

Read More
Stephanie-Jensen-BASF

March 7, 2018

BASF Names New Director of Its Specialty Crops Business

Stephanie Jensen will focus on new and innovative solutions for growers in the pest control, turf, and ornamentals markets.

Read More
SNA-2019-Conference-Logo

March 6, 2018

SNA Conference Will Once Again Co-Locate with MANTS in …

Participants of the 2018 SNA Conference were positive about the location, the meeting space, and the added convenience of the conference being held two days before the opening of MANTS.

Read More

March 5, 2018

Webinar on March 15 Addresses Impact of Trucking Regula…

AmericanHort is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 15, concerning the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate for trucking and its impact on the horticulture industry.

Read More