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Are Seeds On Your Mind?

Baker Creek Catalog

Vance and Nancy looking over the 2015 Baker Creek seed catalogs at Blackacre Nature Conservancy in Louisville..

Our seed swap is coming up and that always generates a lot of seed questions, particularly about seed types: genetically modified, hybrid, open pollinated, and heirloom.

GM (Genetically Modified) crops are created by adding genetic material from one species into the DNA sequence of another species. The result of genetic modification by laboratory methods is a combination of genetic materials that could not occur naturally. You will not find GM seeds in a home garden center at this time.

Hybrids are developed through traditional breeding, where pollen is moved between members of the same species. Plant breeders carry pollen from one plant to another by hand or with the help of insects to produce controlled crosses of two individual plants. Hybrids are typically bred for increased vigor, pest resistance, larger fruit size, or for the ability to withstand shipping and handling. Hybrid cultivars are developed over many years. A few examples of hybrid plants are Sun Gold tomatoes and many of the “super hot” chili peppers, such as the Carolina Reaper. You cannot save the seeds from hybrid plants for planting, you will have inferior plants that are not true to the parent plant. You are able to root cuttings (“take clones”) if you would like to reproduce a hybrid.

You may hear discussion about open pollinated seeds. Open pollination is achieved by insects, birds, wind, or other natural mechanisms. The seeds of open-pollinated plants will produce new generations of those plants. One of the bigger challenges in maintaining a strain by open pollination is avoiding introduction of pollen from other strains. Based on how broadly the pollen for the plant tends to disperse, it can be controlled to varying degrees by greenhouses, tall wall enclosures, or field isolation.

Heirloom seeds are open pollinated cultivars that have been kept true to variety, with no cross pollination, through careful cultivation methods for over fifty years. Baker Creek Seed Company is using tent enclosures in its own gardens to house the plants. Bumble bees are then introduced to control the pollination. This prevents cross-pollination from undesirable sources, as well as preventing cross-pollination between strains. Heirloom seeds can be saved and replanted, ensuring a trustworthy supply of family food year after year. When saving seeds, separate cultivars of the same plant variety to prevent cross pollination.

NOTE:  Both Baker Creek and High Mowing Seeds are Non-GMO Project verified. They are the only two seed companies in the US currently testing seeds at high risk for GM contamination for cross-pollination with GM varieties.

SEED STARTING VS BUYING PLANTS:  Benefits of seed starting include increased variety of plants to choose from, having complete control over what is used on your plants, and quite often, healthier plants to start your garden. Healthier starts = healthier and better garden performance, and better harvests. More and more plants are available that are locally grown and organic, or at the very least, not sprayed with pesticides.

Starting your own plants is not difficult with the right equipment and space, primarily a grow light of some sort and a warm area.

To assist with timing your plant starts, there are several apps and online resources. One of our favorites in from Mother Earth News, it is a free, personalized planting reminder called “What to Plant Now” that is emailed to you directly. http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/what-to-plant-now-zl0z0903zalt.aspx

Community Seed Swap and Seed Starting Workshop, Saturday Jan 30th

2015 Seed Swap

2015 Seed Swap

This is the event that we all look forward to with great anticipation each year. What a great way to kick off spring (albeit a little early!), sharing seeds and garden stories with like-minded gardeners. Expect a diverse crowd of experienced gardeners and seed savers, and those hoping to gain wisdom. Bring seeds you have saved in years past, and extra seeds from packs that you have leftover from last year. If possible, bring snack-size ziplocks or coin envelopes for seed swapping, and a sharpie to label your seeds. We hope to see our seed swap regulars as well as many new faces this year. A short seed starting workshop will begin at 5:30, swapping commences at 6:15. As is tradition, we will be having a gift card raffle, lots of special deals for swappers who wish to grab some supplies, and some beverages for all those who attend. Feel free to bring a snack to share, or contribute something to the community. Over the years we have had folks bring goodies, handmade soap, honey, and homemade ginger beer to share with other swappers. If possible, please RSVP to our event on Facebook so we have a general idea of how many people to plan for. Thanks and hope to see many of you on the 30th!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1665119503731155/

 

 

 

 

Customer Appreciation Day November 7th

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Save the date, you don’t want to miss this event! We will be here from 10-6 on Saturday, November 7th, with visiting industry experts from HORTILUX, SUNLIGHT SUPPLY, HYDROFARM, CUTTING EDGE SOLUTIONS, SUNLEAVES, FOXFARM, BOTANICARE,  HYDRODYNAMICS INTL and NEXTLIGHT. What a great opportunity to attend their FREE workshops, hang out and ask questions, pick up lots of samples, and hopefully get in on the $3500 in raffle items we will be giving away that day.

WOW! Our vendors ROCK! Here is our raffle list so far:

A NextLight 525 watt LED grow light valued at $1295, a sweet HPS 1000 Grow Light from our friends at Sunlight Supply, retail $300, a Secret Jardin Grow Tent from Sunleaves and Partner Brands, two hydroponic systems from Hydrofarm, the Emily’s Garden and the Mega Garden, 2 sets of Power Veg lamps from Hortilux, a Super Sprouter Kit from Sunlight Supply, Lots of Cutting Edge Solutions and Fox Farm products, Grodan Rockwool, and plenty of Tshirts and surprises. You get a raffle ticket just for coming, and raffles will be going on all day.

LOTS of fertilizers, soil, T-Shirts and surprises still coming in!   

We are excited about our extensive workshop schedule. This is the biggest educational event for indoor gardening and hydroponics in the southeast. People talked about last years’ educational workshops all year…and this year we have more, with several new topics. Check back for workshop updates.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE  as of 10/21/15

11:00 Cutting Edge Nutrients
Optimum Plant Nutrition through Foliar Feeding
11:45  NextLight                                                                                                                                        LED and light spectrum
12:30  Botanicare
Nutrients are NOT Equal! / The importance of calcium and magnesium in plant growth
1:00  Hydrofarm
Home Hydroponics with Emily’s Garden and Mega Garden
1:45 Foxfarm
Soil and Organics, Maximize Success in your Grow Room
2:30  Hortilux
PAR, Light Spectrum, Lumens
3:15  Sunleaves and New Earth
CO2 and Environmental Controls to Increase Yields
4:00  Sunlight Supply
Game Changing DE and LEC Grow Lights

We will have free beer and other beverages, 21 and over. Plenty of non-alcoholic drinks for BBQ cowboyyou, too. This is a family friendly event. Holy Smokes, the BBQ Cowboy, who was featured in Louisville magazine will be here with his smoker cooking up some incredible, smokey, deliciousness. He will be selling (huge) plates for $8.00. We will be giving BBQ credits away with all purchases over $50 so you can eat on us when you make a purchase on the 7th!

 

Free Workshops Saturday June 20th

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beneficial insects for your garden

ORGANIC PEST CONTROL WORKSHOP Saturday, 6/20 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Gardens are in and growing, now here come the bugs! Learn how to go to battle with the critters that want to eat your plants before you do. Don’t panic and spray poisons, come in before the problem is out of hand and learn how to handle these problems in a safe, natural way. Vance will be at the helm to show you the myriad of organic pest controls and natural fungicides that are available, explain how they work, and give some practical advice on keeping your natural garden healthy and thriving. Using beneficial insects in your garden will also be addressed. There will be a question and answer period after the lecture. This workshop is free, and attendees will receive 20% off all purchases after the workshop on Saturday!

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Our own Compost Tea to Brew at Home

Free Compost Tea Making Workshop               Saturday 6/20  4:00 – 5:00

Learn how to make a biologically active fertilizer for your garden using a five gallon bucket, air pump, air stone, and the New Earth Compost Tea Kit. This kit includes worm castings, kelp, two kinds of guano, and our own Smart Tea as an activator. This workshop is being held right after our Natural Pest Control workshop. It starts at 4:00pm this Saturday, 6/20. Come at 3:00pm and attend both. It will be an afternoon of sharpening your gardening skills and covering two very popular topics!

New PowerVeg T5 Lamps Are Here

We have been waiting months for this totally new high output Fluorescent lamp, and the wait is finally over! EYE Horitlux has nailed it again with the PowerVEG T5 lamp.
PowerVEG is different. Not only does it produce a well balanced spectrum for your plants, it also provides UVA and UVB. UV is an essential component of the spectrum that produces stronger, healthier plants, allowing them to produce higher quality fruits and flowers. The sooner you introduce UV to your plants, the better your end product. No other T5 bulb on the market produces a spectrum with this quality or UV of any kind.

PowerVEG is the first and only T5 to incorporate full spectrums of UVA and UVB, and is the only T5 grow lamp Made in the USA!!! What can you expect when you add just one or two PowerVEG lamps to your T5 light fixture? (Even adding just one PowerVEG can make a big difference in the performance of a 4 lamp T5 fixture, BTW) Adding the PowerVEG will promote extreme photosynthesis for faster growth; create a stronger root system; and allow for easy transition from indoor veg to outdoor flowering. You will also see that the UV light helps develop stronger healthier vegetative plants that will produce higher yields and higher quality crops. Your grow room will reward you with faster producing yields, vivid colors, more flowering and better tasting crops.

PowerVEG can be used in any existing T5 54W HO lighting fixture. If using all PowerVEG FS+UV lamps in one fixture, we recommend reducing the time the lights are on by 20%. This is due to the quality of the spectrum and the amount of UV coming from the light. If using a 50-50 mixture of PowerVEG and standard T5 lamps, no need to reduce the time lights are on. We have personally just added one PowerVEG to bank of four T5 fluorescents. We recommend the height height above the canopy of plants should be between 8”-16”. The optimal height is 12”.

– See more at: http://www.eyehortilux.com/products/power-veg.aspx#sthash.qakH1k9P.dpufpower-veg-usa

Seed Swap, 2/21, 7pm

You seriously do not want to miss this event if you love seeds and garden talk. Last year it was our most popular event other than our customer appreciation day, and we expect it to be bigger and better this year. Bring your seeds to share, we will provide envelopes and sharpies for the swappers. No seeds? Seed swappers are notoriously generous, so no worries. We have lots of seeds and can share. Seed swapping and garden story swapping can build up a thirst and an appetite, so our friends at Jam Pan Food Truck will have their spicy Jamaican deliciousness there, along with their incredibly tasty ginger beer imported from Jamaica, mon.

Contact nancy@newearthgardencenter.com if you want to help out with the swap in any way. #NewEarthSeedSwap, looking forward to it!SeedSwap

Free Hydroponics Workshop, Sat, Jan 24th

This free workshop focuses on practical aspects of successfully operating a home hydro garden. It is for everyone, but those of you that have recently purchased/built a hydro system, or are contemplating setting one up, will find this workshop extremely helpful! We will cover choosing plants, plant spacing, irrigation cycles, grow media, reservoir maintenance, pH control, water temperature, and environment. Also hands on assistance with using ppm and pH meters and reservoir changing.

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Hydroponics in action in our grow room.

NYE Pre-Party, 5pm – 8pm

NYE party

Kinda last minute, but we are going to have an open house/early party for everybody to hit before the real NYE partying starts later in the evening. We honestly could not think of any place we would rather kick off 2015 than at New Earth! We have had an incredible year, most exciting time since the ’90’s…and 2015 is going to rock. It may sound cliche, but it really is because of you. We cannot thank you enough for supporting us and helping us succeed at our dreams!

We will be open all day for business with some year end deals, then at 5, the party starts. We will have plenty of drinks, refreshments, and if you do want to make a purchase, plenty of after-hours deals and surprises. (In other words, we are still working on it!) Probably have some corn hole, backgammon, cards, etc going. Help us plan our seed swap, talk about gardening, have a drink and a bowl of chili…you get the idea. Hope a lot of you can make it, stop for just a quick drink to say hello, or stay till we go home :)

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Super pumped about our Nov 8th Customer Appreciation Event! We have Sunlight Supply, Hydrofarm, Bloomington Wholesale, TechnaFlora, Cutting Edge Nutrients and NEXT Lighting coming into town to bring swag, give seminars, give out samples and answer all your questions! We will be offering special discounts, sales, some swag of our own, and providing you with some awesome local food and beer to keep your strength up while you soak in all the info. Don’t miss this chance to meet our manufacturers, grab some samples, and get some of the best deals of the year…while enjoying some Kentucky BBQ and beer. Hope to see you on the 8th, so we can thank you personally for all your support.

We are seeing an explosion of new products in the industry like never before! Several of us went up to Novi, Michigan, for the Indoor Gardening Expo in June to sort through all the hype. After careful consideration and research, we have added over twenty new products to our shelves, and more will be coming in through September. New is not always better, but we are confident that the products we have added will be valuable additions to anyone’s grow room or garden. Two nutrient lines we added that have been getting a lot of deserved hype are The Rock Nutrients, and Cutting Edge Solutions. If you are looking for a new fertilizer program, give either one of these a try, you won’t be sorry! We have been very impressed with performance of our new CO2 products, the Green Pad and the Green Pad, Jr. Foxfarm’s “Dirty Dozen” box is now on the shelves; we picked up the Xtreme Gardening Feeder Packs; and Emerald Triangle’s Sonic Bloom, Deep Breath, Killer Tea and G-10 are stocked and ready for your garden! Watch our blog for product spotlights as we introduce each new product line in September, or stop in for a one-on-one explanation on the product line of your choice.

Cutting Edge Nutrients

Cutting Edge Nutrients