March 26, 2014
Producing Hydroponic Culinary Herbs
Switching over to tomato, cucumber or pepper production can be a big change for any greenhouse. These crops have long production cycles and may not fit as easily into windows of opportunity between ornamental production cycles. However, culinary herbs are a relatively quick and can easily be grown in simple hydroponic systems.
March 21, 2014
U.S. Organic Industry Is Growing, New Farm Bill Offers Support, USDA Says
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released new figures that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with move than 25,000 certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world. Through the Agricultural Marketing Service’s National Organic Program, USDA has helped an additional 763 producers become certified organic in 2013, an increase of 4.2 percent from the previous year. The industry today encompasses a record-breaking 18,513 certified organic farms and businesses in the United States alone, representing a 245 percent increase since 2002. The 2013 list of certified USDA organic operations shows an increased rate of domestic growth within the industry, resuming previous trends. “Consumer demand for organic products has grown exponentially over the past decade. With retail sales valued at $35 billion last year, the organic industry represents a tremendous economic opportunity for farmers, ranchers and rural communities,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. […]
November 19, 2013
Vacant Lots In Detroit Will Be Transformed Into 150-Acre Urban Farm
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has approved a plan proposed by a private company to turn acres of land it bought in the city into workable farmland to produce fresh food for the Detroit area.
November 14, 2013
Vegetables, Not Flowers, Are The Future For Peter Konjoian
Greenhouse Grower checks in with Peter Konjoian, co-owner of Konjoian Greenhouses, to ask about his recent switch from growing ornamentals to growing only vegetables.
August 21, 2013
Two Benefits Of Grafted Plants
Hear about two of the benefits of grafted vegetable plants from John Bagnasco, president at GardenLife radio. Bagnasco’s latest effort has been working with Log House Plants and Plug Connection to produce the SuperNatural line of grafted vegetables.
August 15, 2013
Herbs Add Beauty And Flavor To Any Planting
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ (from Green Leaf) A petite, vegetative variety that is early to flower compared to other L. angustifolia types, ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ has tidy stems with deep purple flowers and well-branched, gray-green foliage. Vernalization is beneficial for earlier bloom. It grows 9 to 11 inches and 10 to 12 inches wide and is hardy in Zones 5 to 8. Nepeta ‘Little Trudy’ (from Green Leaf) This compact form of catmint has pointed, slightly serrated, gray-green leaves and lavender flowers. It blooms without vernalization. It grows 10 to 14 inches tall by 24 inches wide and is hardy in Zones 4 to 9. Ocimum ×citriodorum ‘Pesto Perpetuo’ (from Green Leaf) ‘Pesto Perpetuo’ is an excellent culinary and ornamental basil with a bushy habit and robust flavor with a bit of lemon. It is easy to grow, flowers only rarely and has variegated green-and-cream leaves. Hardy in Zones 9 to […]
August 8, 2013
Burpee’s Try Basil Offers Three Varieties In One Seed Pellet
Burpee’s new consumer-friendly basil program offers growers the simplicity of a multispecies, multi-seed pellet with a 6-week finish or a liner in 3 weeks.