We will be closed Saturday, May 23rd - Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day Weekend. We will reopen Tuesday, May 26th.
This weekend also marks the beginning of our summer hours:
From Memorial Day Weekend until Labor Day Weekend, both stores will be open Monday-Friday and closed Saturday & Sunday. If you can't make it to the shop during our normal weekday hours, please give us a call and we will work with your schedule.
The outdoor gardening season is upon us in the northeast, and if you've been looking forward to it since last year, you've probably already started the bulk of your seeds by now. For plants like peppers and tomatoes, you're at that almost-too-late point to start from seed, but if you're determined enough do not wait any longer. You still have plenty of time for your fall and winter greens/vegetables, and we've got some great picks for this year. The only seeds we sell are from High Mowing Organic Seeds - they're 100% organic and now Non-GMO Project Verified. They are the first seed company in the United States to be recognized by that organization, look for the label:
We carry a variety of their seeds, but here are our favorites for 2015:
Sylvetta Wild Arugula - One of the spiciest and most flavorful of all of the arugula varieties (in our opinion), a great salad or micro green. Plants grow slowly, stay compact and are very resistant to temperature extremes (slow to bolt and make for a great fall/winter crop).
Golden Nugget Tomato - These plants produce a LOT of tomatoes, starting pretty early on in the season. 1-inch, juicy fruit, resistant to cracking.
Rosie Basil - We love the unique dark purple color of this basil, plus it is very aromatic with strong stems and uniform germination. Great as a micro green, too.
Bangles Mini Bell Pepper Blend - A pretty mix of different shades of mini bell peppers (fruit develop to about 1.5" wide). Each plant has a different color of pepper that ripens to red, gold or chocolate.
Chioggia Guardsmark Beet - An improved strain of the traditional heirloom Italian Chioggia beet, these have better uniformity and are bolt-tolerant. Plus the "bullseye" markings just look cool.
Toma Verde Tomatillo - It is very hard to find organic tomatillos, so why not grow your own? Tart when picked early, fruit get sweeter as they ripen. Make your own salsa verde.
Tadorna Leek - A great fall/winter crop, but they need a long season (110 days to maturity). You want to get these going and in the ground ASAP, that way you can start harvesting them in the fall. We like the Tadorna strain due to their strong disease resistance.
Pirat Lettuce - This heirloom lettuce variety is one of our absolute favorites. Not only does it have great flavor, coloring and texture, it can handle almost anything. Heat tolerant, resistant to downy mildew, tip burn, white mold and bacterial head rot. Perfect for an outdoor garden but works just as well indoors.
A month and a half ago we set up a 3'x3' Gorilla Grow Tent in our Nyack store to show that you can create any growing environment you want at any time of the year when gardening indoors. Here we are in January, with full tomato development. Here is our display:
The tomatoes are growing in Air-Pot #3's. We usually wouldn't recommend growing tomatoes in anything smaller than a 5 gallon container because they could outgrow their containers and get root bound, however Air-Pots allow the roots to breathe and be air-pruned which gives you a larger, denser root system without the root spiraling. Paired with Canna Coco (the growing medium we're using), plants can thrive in smaller containers.
Special: This entire premium set-up (brand new, not the items we used for our display) including all of the top-of-the-line, name-brand hardware you see here except for the Air-Pots: $1099.00 (20% savings)
Entire set-up, including Air-Pots, Saucers, 1 Bag of Canna Coco, Full line of 1 Liter Canna Coco Nutrients & Additives (Coco A+B, Cannazym, Rhizotonic, PK13/14, Cannaboost) : $1370.00 All Gorilla Grow Tents:10% Off
Double ended lights are by far the most productive plant lighting technology on the market right now and people are having great results with them. The double ended lamps are definitely unique, though, and not what we're accustomed to seeing or using. The first time setting up a double ended lighting system can be a bit confusing when you've only used the conventional mogul-base bulbs in the past. Here are a few tips to avoid having a potential problem:
This is a double ended lamp. It doesn't have a threaded base that screws into a normal mogul socket. It has two braided wires coming off of either side of it. These lamps are made of quartz so you NEED TO WEAR GLOVES WHEN HANDLING. Unlike normal High Pressure Sodium and Metal Halide bulbs, you cannot touch the glass on these bulbs with bare hands. If you get moisture or oil from your fingers on quartz glass, when the bulb heats up it can heat up the oil and cause the bulb to break.
This is how the double ended lamps sit in their sockets. The "flat" ends must sit flat inside of the bracket (not straight up and down at a 90 degree angle). The metal wires NEED TO BE STRAIGHT. They bend very easily so if you notice they are bent or curved, bend them back into place so they are straight. They must sit inside of the two pieces of metal (see diagram) and make full contact with the two pieces of metal. In this diagram, the wires are bent slightly and VERY CLOSE to NOT making full contact. If full contact is not made, arcing will occur. When an electrical current arcs, heat is built up and you can burn or melt your fixture or, even worse, START A FIRE. After making sure that the wires are in place, slide the socket FULLY forward until it can't slide anymore.
This is what can happen if your lamp is improperly installed. In this case, the wires did not make full contact with the metal and the socket was not slid 100% forward to hold the bulb in place. The electrical current arced, burnt up the lamp and melted the socket. This is the best case scenario, it could have been much worse.