After thorough testing of the Fast Start® Seedstarter, we are excited to finally send it out into the world. Because it’s brand new, we are eager to hear what gardeners think.
The Fast Start® Seedstarter
The culmination of four years of research and testing, our new system represents a breakthrough in seedstarting. The new planting tray [...]
I grow my own fruits and vegetables for all sorts of reasons. Growing food is fun, rewarding, saves money, and adds amazing taste and beauty into my life. And, for health concerns, I know exactly where my food came from and what went into producing it.
So how come I can’t have the right to know what’s in the food I buy in the [...]
Harvest results from one of our testers, Lucinda Trombly, who lives in Fort Collins, CO.
Deborah Miuccio works in the test gardens here in Burlington, VT.
As Product Testing and Research Coordinator, I test, test, and retest our products in the backyard of our headquarters in Burlington, VT, to make sure they work for our customers.
I also co [...]
What’s growing this year in our test gardens.
Bam-Bam contemplates a leafy oxheart carrot that’s bigger than her head.
Carrots that grew bigger than a bunny’s head were just one of the surprises in the Gardener’s Supply display and test garden this summer. An heirloom variety introduced in 1884, Oxheart carrot is short an [...]
How do you know which annuals will do well in your garden?
Annuals are so tempting in the garden center, all lined up in neat rows. To help make good choices, check out the research that’s been done in your area’s test gardens.
In my work as a landscaper, I’m responsible for choosing a fair number of annuals that are [...]
Here in Burlington, Deborah’s test features rice grown using water from three sources: Municipal water, Winooski River water, and water from a nearby pond. After the rice is harvested and tested in late September, we will know if the rice has any contamination from surface water.
In the backyard of our offices in Burlington, VT, you wil [...]
Healthy turf grows on healthy soil. It starts with a simple soil test.
It’s been quite a while since I tested soil samples from my lawn, but it’s clearly time to do so. The turf is looking a bit thin and the weeds seem to be gaining ground. I suspect that soil pH is the source of both problems. When the pH is out of kilter, plants ca [...]
Allan Armitage is one of the world’s leading experts on perennials and annuals. Born in Montreal, Quebec, and now living in Georgia, he has experience gardening in zones 3 through 8. As a professor of Horticulture at the University of Georgia, he oversees the University’s test gardens and new plant programs.