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Gardening education from the most trusted source

Posted on: September 16th, 2019

The science community has made us all acutely aware that gardening provides countless physical and mental health benefits when practiced regularly. But gardening education seems to be what’s lacking in the process. In an article posted on WebMD, Charlie Nardozzi, horticulturist at the National Gardening Association in South Burlington, Vermont says, “When you’re engrossed in…

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Disruptive marketing by commemorating environmental events

Posted on: August 28th, 2019

Have you heard of something called “disruptive marketing”? That’s when a company decides to shake up their marketing strategy by changing customer perceptions. In this post, we’ll give garden centers and nurseries a few ideas of how they can accomplish this. It’s hard to believe that September is already upon us. With autumn 2019 arriving…

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Purdue’s Plant Growth Facility puts our containers to work

Posted on: August 5th, 2019

About a year ago, The HC Companies donated planting containers and flats to the Plant Growth Facility at Purdue University – Department of Horticulture and Landscape (HLA). While we here at The HC Companies always strive to help the industry whenever we can (both professional and educational), you rarely think about the impact your helping hand…

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Corporate charity lends a helping hand to teens with exceptionalities

Posted on: July 26th, 2019

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill In searching for a corporate charity, The HC Companies wanted to partner with a local organization where we’d have the opportunity to see the impacts of our efforts. An organization who understands that giving your…

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Hardiness zone map is beginning to shift north

Posted on: June 3rd, 2019

Avid gardeners are well aware of what a “hardiness zone map” is, and most novices are probably at least familiar with the terminology based on the plant tag information found at their local garden center or big box store. Hardiness zone maps were first developed back in 1938 – representing “the average annual extreme minimum…

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Cannabis containers are all about protecting the roots

Posted on: June 3rd, 2019

From sunlight and warmth, to water, humidity and nutrients – understanding the delicate balance needed for cannabis cultivation is what sets serious growers apart from the amateurs. The most important thing to remember is that cannabis plants will never thrive without a safe, healthy root system. That means you need make sure you’ve chosen the…

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Pollinator Week – how will you get involved?

Posted on: June 3rd, 2019

The week of June 17-23, 2019 is National Pollinator Week. The week is proudly sponsored by the Pollinator Partnership, whose mission is to promote the health and sustainability of pollinators critical to our food supply and ecosystems across the globe. From the Pollinator Partnership, “Pollinators are essential to our daily life. Imagine a cup without coffee,…

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Judean date tree proves its seeds still have power

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019

For thousands of years, the Judean Date Tree was an invaluable food source in the desert of the Kingdom of Judah – as well as providing shelter and shade for much of that community. Vast forests of date palms covered an area some seven miles wide, with trees stretching up to the sky some 80…

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Gardening is good for your mental and physical health

Posted on: April 23rd, 2019

Gardening has always been known to be good for our mental health. It gives us a sense of responsibility, allows us to be nurturers, connects us with other living things, and to no surprise, helps us to relax. But a recent study conducted around the globe by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has…

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Plants are not as touchy-feely as you think

Posted on: January 4th, 2019

Not everyone is a touchy-feely kind of person. From warm embraces to holding hands to a congratulatory pats-on-the-back – for some it triggers an immediate, internal defense. A new study recently published in The Plant Journal has discovered that many plants aren’t very touchy-feely either. “The lightest touch from a human, animal, insect or even plants touching…

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