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Sustainable Growing Containers Are Top-of-Mind for Today’s Gardeners

Posted on: March 14th, 2022

The word “sustainable” is a common buzzword currently attached to everything from clothing, energy, coffee, and even gardening. But beyond all the marketing jargon, growers, garden centers, and retailers want to know just how receptive today’s consumers are towards purchasing sustainable growing containers. Here are a few reputable statistics to provide clarification on the subject.…

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Invest In Our Planet With 5 Things You Can Do Right Now

Posted on: March 14th, 2022

Over the past 50 plus years that Earth Day has been commemorated, the initiative has helped mobilize billions of people worldwide to demonstrate support for the environmental protection of the planet we all call home. This year’s theme is Invest In Our Planet. From EarthDay.org: “We need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going…

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Outdoor Hanging Baskets Are A Space-Saving Solution for City Gardeners

Posted on: February 28th, 2022

Urban cities throughout the United States have long admired outdoor hanging baskets for their ability to add the bounties and beauties of nature in smaller dwelling spaces where planting in the ground is not an option. Traditionally, outdoor hanging baskets provide the perfect growing environment for overhanging or creeping flowers such as Impatiens and Million…

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The First Day of Spring Sees Colder Temperatures

Posted on: February 9th, 2022

This year, the first day of spring is on Sunday, March 20, 2022. It signals the arrival of a new growing season when plants and trees awaken from dormancy with a subtle burst of bright green color, which ignites and inspires one’s soul. But just because the first day of spring arrives on our calendars…

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What is the USDA’s Advisory Committee on Urban Agriculture?

Posted on: February 9th, 2022

While many of us have probably heard of the concept of urban agriculture, few fully understand what it means. According to the USDA, “Urban agriculture allows for the development of a variety of environmental, economic, and social benefits to the surrounding communities.” It helps preserve green spaces in cities where buildings have taken over neighborhoods, a…

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Plant Inventories Are Important But So Is Diversifying

Posted on: February 9th, 2022

In prior years, the greatest threat to a garden center’s seasonal business was often the weather, which could devastate plant inventories in a single night. But today’s challenges go beyond Mother Nature and include increased competition from big-box stores, challenges influencing and reaching the younger digital generation, and most recently, struggles to acquire and maintain…

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Proper Drainage Is An Important Part Of A Plant’s Longevity

Posted on: January 28th, 2022

Regardless of what you’re growing, water and proper drainage are essential components in helping plants thrive throughout their life cycle. Whether in the ground or a plant container, water is required for initial seed germination, as a carrier of nutrients after a plant has sprouted, and to encourage growth as cells only increase in volume…

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Marketing Challenges in 2022 And How to Solve Them

Posted on: January 18th, 2022

The pandemic has forced many organizations to re-evaluate their marketing strategies to stay relevant with how today’s evolving customers choose to do business. However, the last few years have been plagued with obstacles and uncertainty, and 2022 is still in its infancy, making it difficult to predict the future accurately. Here are some marketing challenges…

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Marketing Your Garden Center and Nursery Using 4 Easy Tips

Posted on: January 10th, 2022

Marketing your garden center or nursery is an ongoing effort that requires commitment and a little know-how to succeed. As the pandemic, which began in late 2019, continues to change consumer behaviors regarding purchasing, it has never been more important to guarantee your garden center can target and reach customers where they’re now searching. If…

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5-Gallon Planters, Pots, and Plant Containers Popular With Nursery Growers

Posted on: January 7th, 2022

5-gallon planters, pots, and plant containers are popular among nursery and cannabis growers for their incredible versatility and ideal sizing. There’s always a debate among growers about what type of growing container is the ideal choice for nursery and cannabis growers. However, despite a large variety of growing container options available, growing success is often…

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