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Growco is our new retail partner in Grand Rapids

We’re honored to have Growco as our exclusive retail partner in the Grand Rapids Michigan area. Stop by either location for the absolute best products, growing advice and customer service in West Michigan! 1042 Michigan NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 454-6900 4640 West River Dr NE Comstock Park, MI (877) 939-6900 4hydroponics.com

Expert Tips for Growing Early Tomato Varieties

By Barbara Pleasant, In almost any climate, the best time to start most tomato seeds is six to eight weeks before your average last spring frost. This tried-and-true schedule provides juicy tomatoes by high summer, but many gardeners and cooks become impatient for sun-ripened tomatoes earlier. You can satisfy this premature tomato craving by learning how …Read More

Soil testing saves time, effort

JEFF FLOYD, A soil test performed by a laboratory will give you solid information about the soil in which you’ll be growing vegetables. A lab test can provide facts about texture, pH, nutrients and salinity. There is little you can do to easily change the texture. Most West Texas soils are somewhat sandy but heavily …Read More

Kill pests without pesticides

by Angela O’Callaghan/Desert Gardening, The beginning of fall is the time for garden cleanup. Tomato plants might have a few fruits that could be coddled until temperatures drop into the fifties, but other than that, its time to spruce up the garden and prepare for the next growing season, which can begin as early as mid-October. …Read More

Summer Garden Tips

By Melodie Metje, The dog days of summer see thriving warm season crops-tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, sweet potatoes, peppers and Mediterranean herbs. To keep your harvests at their peak, there are few simple things you can do for your garden. 7 Summer Garden Tips 1. Harvest frequently! Plants are in the business of reproducing. …Read More

A Homesteaders 5 Favorite Gardening Tools

By Anneli Carter-Sundqvist, To have correct and well taken care of gardening tools is a great place to start any gardening endeavor. Here at Deer Isle Hostel and Homestead we only use hand tools (non-powered) in our gardens since we find that we can get the job done easier and more efficiently with a more correct impact …Read More

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