Seaweed has long been used to help plant growth, especially before the advent of commercial fertilizer production. It provides many benefits to plants above and beyond conventional fertilizers to promote stronger, healthier plants. When plants are stronger and healthier they are better able to withstand environmental stresses such as drought, salinity, insect pests, and diseases. Without a doubt, it’s a product that most gardeners should incorporate into their repertoire.
Pumpkin spice? Pffffftttt. I can take it or leave it. For me, fall means fresh-picked apples turned into mile-high pies with a crumb topping and ice cream, warm apple crisp right out of the oven, and freshly pressed cider.
Having an apple tree in my backyard means easy access to such deliciousness but with it comes the basic maintenance and uptake of a fruit tree, including pruning the tree annually. Pruning an apple tree isn’t as easy as pie, but it is important to understand some basics — including when to cut, when not to, why, and especially how.
Water is becoming a hotly debated commodity in many areas, with increasing restrictions or regulations being placed on homeowners to conserve this limited resource as much as possible. With a significant portion of the water used by homeowners for landscaping and gardens, improving water use efficiency in your yard is a great place to help with conservation. By implementing the following recommendations, you can reduce your water use by up to 75%!
Under favorable growing conditions, producing and maintaining high-quality turf is labour and input intensive. The additional challenges brought on by the current drought and subsequent water shortages exacerbate management issues, causing industry professionals to investigate practices to mitigate the burden of reduced water availability.
GrowGreen’s natural microbial digestion process using a proprietary blend of plant beneficial microbes creates products containing a comprehensive suite of bio stimulants for turf crops.
People used to think that in order to successfully grow a garden they needed to have a big yard and ample space to work with. Homeowners with smalls yards and people in town houses, small apartments, or rental properties were at a disadvantage lacking the outdoor space and often times the permission to dig up a chunk of ground and use it to plant vegetables.
Over the last couple of decades container gardening, the practice of growing plants exclusively in containers instead of planting directly in the ground, has become increasingly popular.
Truth to be told, backyard composting 101 can have a massive impact to aid gardening and lawn care. It’s not a passing trend that will be forgotten, so if you have the right conditions and preparation, you should start a compost pile for yourself.
In terms of international trade and importance, citrus fruits are the highest-value fruit crop, with more than 140 countries worldwide contributing to citrus production. As the market competition strengthens fruit values decrease in relation to overall supply; to maintain economic sustainability, citrus producers are continuously evaluating and implementing management strategies to reduce input costs to maximize their revenue. In production areas facing water deficits such as Australia, the use of biostimulants in crop management is becoming a popular way to improve yield and quality.
The word organic is everywhere, and it’s in high demand with consumers. As people become increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of agriculture, and the effects its synthetic inputs have on harvested goods, there has been a strong consumer demand for agriculture to move towards management practices that use less synthetic chemicals.
It is certainly not an easy feat to develop technologies that are considered natural or biological to be approved for use on organic crops, while maintaining the same efficacy and yields as conventional management practices. These nine companies, though, are helping to revolutionize organic farming and propel it into a successful, profitable, and sustainable sector of agriculture.