Feb 17, 2021
Are You Looking for Growing Tips? By Tim Hodson

Paul Fisher at the University of Florida IFAS Extension has released a series of online videos called “Five Tips for Horticulture” featured on the university’s Greenhouse Training Online channel (https://tinyurl.com/ufgto).

The series highlights technical topics from university and industry experts. Managing pesticides and water quality, using hydroponic substrates and controlling weeds in the greenhouse are a few of the topics covered in the series.

Fisher recently released a new video (https://youtu.be/4QfAh_BttIo ) with Paul Karlovich of Sun Gro Horticulture on conducting trials for growing media.

In the video, Karlovich explains how to successfully run onsite trials to evaluate growing media options. He discusses how you can objectively decide what media works under your conditions.

Upcoming videos are planned on topics such as phosphorus management and container substrate quality. The channel is sponsored by the Floriculture Research Alliance (https://floriculturealliance.org/).

For more information on upcoming Greenhouse Training Online courses for growers, visit our website (https://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/training/). Course are offered in English and Spanish.

— Tim


Home Depot Commits $1 Million to Retool Your School Program

The Home Depot plans to contribute $1 million in grants to support campus improvements at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) through its annual Retool Your School program. Established in 2009, the program has emphasized HBCUs’ vital role in the American higher education system. This year, the home improvement retailer is doubling its Retool Your School commitment to fund 30 projects, providing $20,000 to $75,000 grants per school. HBCU students, alumni and advocates can vote for their favorite HBCUs through Twitter and Instagram using the school’s designated hashtag found at retoolyourschool.com or through the voting portal also on the website.

‘Lowemance’ Blooms at Lowe’s on Valentine’s Day

After a year of date nights and adventures being replaced by takeout on the couch, Lowe’s put a new twist on romance, offering 50 lucky couples a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day experience —  a “Night of Lowemance” — an intimate splash-painting date night at Lowe’s. As part of the exclusive experience, couples were hosted in a dedicated area of the store inspired by creativity and romance. The evening began with a toast to celebrate their relationship, followed by hors d’oeuvres and the invitation to choose from a curated “menu” of HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams paint colors. Attendees then moved to a paint zone, complete with splash-painting supplies where the couples could celebrate their love and create their own painting.

Meijer Teams Up with Midwest Food Banks

As the effects of COVID-19 continue to challenge families across the Midwest, Meijer has announced a donation of $1 million in turkeys to 10 food banks within its footprint to help feed those in need. Meijer kicked off its donation series recently with the delivery of 6,000 frozen turkeys to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s weekly food distribution event where they were immediately loaded into the vehicles of the food bank’s clients. In total, the retailer is donating 50,000 frozen Meijer and Honeysuckle turkeys to several of its food bank partners in Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois.

Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]

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