Butterfly

Butterflies are beautiful, graceful creatures and there are over 20,000 different species located in many parts of the world. They also provide a very important service for the plant kingdom: pollination. While they perch on a flower to drink the nectar that sustains them, some of the pollen dust sticks on their wings and legs. As they

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Spiny Orb Weaver

The Spiny orb weaver is one of many species of beneficial spider that feasts on small garden pests. Their common name is appropriately labelled, the spider has six pointy projections located around its abdomen. Bright coloration of the abdomen such as yellow, red, white and black are associated with this interesting critter, and the rest of its body

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Dragonfly

Dragonflies are graceful, brightly colored predatory insects with four wings and a long body. Large ancestors of dragonflies, those with a three-foot wingspan, were on this planet longer than we can imagine. Fossil records show that dragonflies have been here since before dinosaurs appeared! They fly over open areas of water, fields, and wetlands with ease.

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Praying Mantis

The common name praying mantis refers to the typical “prayer-like” posture the insect has, with folded forelimbs. In fact, mantids specialize in preying! The preying mantis is almost a perfect insect-hunting machine. This may be why mantids are one of the first species people think of when the term beneficial insect is mentioned.

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Aztec chinampas of Central America

An example of hydroponic principles that were being used successfully is that of the Aztecs of Central America.  A nomadic tribe, they were driven onto the marshy shore of Lake Tenochtitlan,   located in the great central valley of what is now Mexico.  Roughly treated by their more powerful neighbors, denied any arable land, the Aztecs […]

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An overview of Hydroponics

Definition of Hydroponics Hydroponics is actually the science of growing plants without soil. Rather than soil, plants are grown in solutions containing each of the necessary minerals and elements. Methods utilized to get the nutrients to the roots, combined with the needed oxygen, include bare-root systems and systems using inert substrates to support the growth […]

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Why Use Hydroponics

The ability to produce higher yields than traditional, soil-based agriculture Allowing food to be grown and consumed in areas of the world that cannot support crops in the soil Eliminating the need for massive pesticide use (considering most pests live in the soil), effectively making our air, water, soil, and food cleaner Pesticide free products […]

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Midsummer Night Meadows, Backyard Garden

Summer in Central Texas is once again in full swing, and it is flaunting its lush growth potential beautifully on Larry and Brenda Johnson’s rural property in their EzGro Backyard Garden, Midsummer Night Meadows. Larry Johnson, the founder and developer of the EzGro High Density Vertical Gardening System, constructed this 30- tower system in 2010, […]

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EzGro Garden Girl’s Patio Garden Adventures

  Hi, I’m Hope, the EzGro Garden Girl, and welcome to my blog!  In the pages to come I’ll be chronicling my experiences growing the EzGro way, and also providing plenty of growing tips, recipes, and DIY projects to help you fully use and enjoy your bountiful harvests! My introduction to EzGro Gardens occurred in […]

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GreenGate Garden Center

Address 4226 Lake Street, Lake Charles, LA 70605 Phone 337.477.6080 Hours Monday – Saturday: 8:30am – 5:00pm,  Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm Website http://ggate.com/ Greengate is a 4.5 acre full service garden center and landscape company. We are conveniently located on Lake Street just 1.25 miles South of I-210. We are proud to say that Greengate has […]

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Vera Street Farms in Texas

Vera Street Farms is situated in China, Texas and is a very productive, welcoming farm. They got started with EzGro towers in 2013. The farm specializes in growing strawberries and satsumas, and they grow plenty of each! Vera Street Farms uses 5,000 EzGro pots to grow 20,000 strawberry plants per season. Their market is mostly […]

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Uncertain Farms In TX

Uncertain Farms in Seguin, Texas is a family run farm that was started in 1989. They have 17 acres with seven prolific greenhouses, each with 3 rows of 8 EzGro trees. The vertical nature of the towers allows them to grow roughly 576 plants per greenhouse! They grow an assortment of lettuces including red and […]

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