The Organic Movement to bring sustainable and healthful practices to farming practices and food products has been around for more than a century and seems it is here to stay, gaining in popularity by the minute. Today, the organic industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the food and agriculture industry and consumers have shown that they are willing to pay a good price for good food.
Scientists started experimenting with soilless gardening in the 1950’s but the idea has been around since ancient times; represented by the extravagant Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the Floating Gardens of ancient China. Hydroponics can increase growth rate by up to 50% compared to a soil-grown plant and increase yield. Growing with hydroponics is also a great alternative to a soil garden during cold months or for those that lack outdoor space.
Known by the Chinese as ‘welcoming spring flower,’ Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is a deciduous perennial that produces beautiful flowers in the dead of winter, making it a must for your winter garden. The viny shrub was introduced to England from China in 1844 by the English plant collector, Robert Fortune. After he sent the specimen, which he picked up at a Shanghai nursery, to the Royal Horticulture Society, it gained immediate popularity in European and American Gardens. Today, its popularity is not so vast because it is extremely easy to grow and not much has changed in the way of making hybrids but Winter Jasmine is the first plant to bloom in colder regions and brings lively color to your winter garden all year ‘round because of its eternally green stems.
What’s your New Year’s Resolution for 2012? Maybe you’d like to shed a few pounds, get more organized or quite that nasty smoking habit but what about your garden? What will you resolve to do in 2012 to make your garden flourish this year?
Saving your vegetable and flower seeds after your harvest is a rewarding and wallet-friendly practice, and necessary for heirlooms to live on. For all of your efforts, however, there are many things to watch out for when harvesting seeds:
Will you miss your favorite pastime this winter or just need a new hobby to keep you busy during winter’s blustering months? Try indoor gardening.
That's Pure Liquid Sunshine. Here at Grower's Secret we are preparing for the Indoor Garndeing Expo in Long Beach, Ca. We will be hanging out with our pals at HydroFarm in Booths #235, 237 and 239. The Expo is open to retailers on Saturday 10/22 and the general public on Sunday 10/23.
On newsstands now! Get your copy of the October Maximum Yield USA magazine while they last and check out the Green Feat with our CEO Chaz Berman. He shares the "Secret" to our green philosophy and practices, which serve as the foundation for all of our organic indoor and outdoor garden solutions. This yields better results for you and the environment.