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    Garden Prep: What to Do in the Offseason

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    All gardeners know once the temperatures drop, there can be a bit of a winter lull. But just because it’s chilly doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do around the garden or the greenhouse. Plus, you don't have to put your gardening hobby on hold: you can do some winter gardening! With the right tools, like cold frame greenhouses, you can even grow some winter hardy vegetables while preparing for the spring. Or, should you decide to take a break, you can close your garden down and enjoy your offseason. Cold frame greenhouses are unheated structures that use solar energy and insulation to create a microclimate in your garden. If you want to know more about winter gardening with a cold frame greenhouse,...

    ShelterTech High Tunnel Greenhouse: A Large-Scale Farming Solution

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    As a commercial farmer, you are always looking for the best ways to increase your large-scale farming yields. If you want to extend your growing season, you will need more greenhouse space to properly grow plants and vegetables. A high tunnel greenhouse could be the right solution for your large-scale farming needs. Here’s how high tunnels can help your large-scale farming operation produce higher yields, so you’ll sell more locally grown goods. What is a High Tunnel Greenhouse? High tunnel greenhouses are unheated structures  that can help commercial farmers extend their growing season. In addition, high tunnel greenhouses aid large-scale farming by extending the harvest by providing protection from the elements. The result is a more-stable production system that poses less risk of crop failure....

    Simple Landscaping Ideas for an Attractive and Functional Backyard

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    Your backyard is the natural outdoor extension of your home. Coming up with simple landscaping ideas that promise to enhance your backyard space can be a fun (albeit tedious) project for any homeowner. You can transform your backyard into party central, a quiet sanctuary for you and your family, or something that’s nice to look at from your kitchen window. Before you dig in, you need to draw a scaled map of your backyard. Your map should include all existing sheds, trees, walkways, fencing and gates, playscapes, patios, decks, and irrigation systems. Then make an overlay to show what you want to add and remove. Developing the best possible backyard landscaping ideas for your needs often starts with some tough questions, such as: Who will...

    Grower’s Guide: Tips for Successful Winter Gardening

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    When the days get shorter and the nights get colder, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your gardening hobby for the winter season. With winter gardening, you can turn your agricultural hobby or desire for fresh produce into a year-round activity. Winter gardening may be easier in areas where winter weather in the United States is milder. However, with a standard greenhouse or a cold frame greenhouse, it’s very possible to grow a variety of root vegetables, fruits, and herbs in Canada and the parts of the United States that are known to have cold temperatures throughout the winter season. What Is Winter Gardening? When temperatures drop, can you still garden? The answer is a resounding yes. In fact, many garden lovers and...

    Winter Greenhouse Tips

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    By the time your fall harvest is completed, you will need to decide what you’ll do with your greenhouse for the winter. There are several things you can do with your portable greenhouse or commercial greenhouse: you can take it down and store it for the winter, remove the cover for the season, or leave it right where it is. However, no matter your decision, you will need to winterize your greenhouse. Need a great portable greenhouse option? Here are some of our favorites: Backyard Round Raised Bed ShelterLogic GrowIT High Arch ShelterTech High Tunnel Our Favorite Aspect About It Perfect for starting seeds in a raised bed and extending the growing season. The 12-foot high arch is tall enough to grow plants high. Nearly...

    Great Fall Patio Decor You’ll Love

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    No matter the season, amazing patio décor is always in style. Having a gorgeous backyard space can give you an area to get away from the stresses of everyday life. It can even make your home the life of the party during any family get together. Choosing the right furniture and patio décor can turn your backyard into a relaxing oasis. Patio Decor with an Island Twist If you’re craving that beach lifestyle, but don’t exactly live on the water, transform your back yard with Margaritaville patio décor and get the most of this aesthetic. Choose from multiple brightly colored accessories to liven up any space. Lean back and enjoy this colorfully designed Adirondack chair and watch your cares waste away! Made from Poplar wood…

    Black Friday Buying Guide

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    Once you finish Thanksgiving dinner with the family, you know there’s barely any time to let the turkey settle before you’re beginning holiday shopping! The best gifts of all are ones your family can use all year long. Here is a Black Friday Buying Guide that will make your holiday shopping a breeze! Black Friday Buying Guide: ShelterLogic: A Sure Thing Whether you’d like to tidy up your yard, or keep your boat and vehicle safe in rough weather, an outdoor shed or storage building is a gift that will never stop giving. ShelterLogic offers you multiple options that are both affordable and attractive for your backyard space. For that person in your life who needs a safe space to store a boat or a…

    Solutions for Successful Urban Farming

    Urban farming is becoming more popular in America as people are turning to growing their own food in densely populated areas. What exactly is urban farming? According to Greensgrow.org, it’s any growing operation within a city that sells the food it produces. While there are many different techniques to creating the perfect environment for growing crops, here are some proven solutions to successful urban farming. Urban Farming Techniques When growers decide to plant food in urban areas, it gives better access to fruits and vegetables to people who may not have an affordable place to purchase them. According to Nature.com, these urban farms are usually built on underused land, like an abandoned car lot or a shuttered business. Greenhouses are a great way to increase…

    Creating the Perfect Potting Shed

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    A potting shed is an important tool for any gardener, and often becomes the focal point of your backyard area. It’s where you pot plants, and often a place to relax or escape from inclement weather. There are some creative ways to create the perfect potting shed to give you a beautiful garden escape to use year-round. Picking the Right Potting Shed When it comes to picking the shed for your garden, you’ll want to choose something with a small footprint, but big value. You want a durable space for every season with plenty of room to store your pots, gardening tools, and other odds and ends. After all, this potting shed is going to be your go-to spot every day you plant. Shelterlogic’s Shed-in-a-Box…

    Grower’s Guide: Greenhouse Cleaning Tips

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    If you’re gearing up for a new season of crops in your greenhouse, chances are your structure could use a good cleaning. Now is the perfect time because you have the option to remove all the plants and crops so you can properly wash the area. The goal is to keep diseases from spreading while staving off harmful pests. Here are some greenhouse cleaning tips that will give your plants a great environment to grow this season. Start with a Clean Slate Protect your plants: The first thing you should do when beginning greenhouse cleaning is remove your plants. You don’t want any to be damaged in the disinfecting process later. This will also allow you a chance to remove weeds, debris, and any grime…

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