March 26, 2014

The Case For Locally Grown

A growing consumer desire for locally grown produce is one reason greenhouse ornamentals producers should consider vegetable production.

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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.

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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. […]

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February 28, 2014

4 New All-America Selections Vegetable Winners

All-America Selections (AAS) announced four more regional winners for 2014 that proved to be superior garden performers.

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February 3, 2014

Growers Continue Shift To Greenhouse Vegetables

According to Greenhouse Grower's 2014 State Of The Industry survey, the addition of vegetables and other produce to growers' crop mixes will continue the growth trend we saw in 2013.

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December 2, 2013

Are Flowers Our Future?

Food has come full circle for the greenhouse industry. But beyond vegetables, herbs and ornamentals, what other crops could the greenhouse of the future hold?

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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.

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Peter Konjoian

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.

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August 21, 2013

How Vegetable Grafting Works

Grafted vegetables are one of the latest trends, but how is grafting done? Alice Doyle, grafting expert and co-owner of wholesaler Log House Plants, explains how to graft tomatoes and the intricacies of the craft.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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