The following abstracts are a preview of the Summer 2017 edition of the HGA Magazine.


Sample Magazine and Newsletter files can be downloaded at the end of this preview.


Burpee Funds Future of White House Kitchen Garden

Reprinted from Grower Talks magazine with permission of Chris Beytes, editor.


The history of the vegetable and fruit gardening at the White House goes all the way back to 1800 and John Adams, our second president. He and his wife, Abigail, preferred home-grown to store-bought. During wartime, the White House has set an example for the Victory Garden movement. Christmas is just around the corner and with the holiday season it’s also time for the favorite plant, the formidable poinsettia. Almost every box store and home supply store not to mention various nurseries and greenhouses will have a nice variety of poinsettia on display.

The Saga of My Greenhouse

By Marge Greenisen, Ohio


It was winter three years ago when we visited friends who had a shed greenhouse attached to their garage. It was warm and summerlike inside while the snow swirled around outside. I decided at that moment that I needed to fulfill my dream of having a greenhouse. Growing up, my aunt had a florist shop with a greenhouse. One of my father’s friends grew poinsettias for the wholesale florist market. My fond memories of these two places fueled my lust for a greenhouse.

By Doc and Katy Abraham

WHITE FLIES AGAIN: The worst pest a hobbyist has in the greenhouse is the white fly (a.k.a. flying dandruff) Indoors or outdoors, tomatoes are the hardest hit. This small white pest hides under the leaves. It sucks sap and exudes a sticky honeydew material, which in turn attracts spores of a fungus floating through the air, causing the leaves to turn black as if dusted with coal dust. This tropical pest is brought indoors in fall, through unscreened windows. It does not winter over outdoors because it is tropical.


Greenhouse Shading

Hobby Greenhouse magazine 1991 - updated by Thomas Eckert


With the summer and the sun’s strong light entering the greenhouse the temperatures will rise dramatically. Plants will dry out quickly and wilt. Sun burn on plants will also be a problem. With the East-, Southeast- or Southwest- facing greenhouse the temperature changes with light intensity entering the greenhouse. For example, 500 foot-candles on a midwinter sunny day pales by comparison to 10,000 foot-candles during the summer.



By Tom Eckert, PA


We all pretty much enjoy house plants, especially in the doldrum of the winter months. However house plants are for all months of the year. So for folks living in apartments both low - light and high - light loving plants are available. The trick -- and many times learned by trial and error -- is to select those plants suited for particular locations in the house. Hey, my plant did really well in the winter months but now has what looks like scorched leaves and is dying. This is a usual occurrence of what I call “plant brain dead in

humans”. You will have to move your plants around to new locations indoors as the seasons change and the sun light available to the plants changes.


By Tom Eckert


Aquaponics (aquaculture) is a combination of raising fish among others with hydroponics, the growing of various plants in water. Nutrient film technology (NTF) is incorporated in the design of most systems where water and dissolved nutrients is moved around in troughs holding various plants in growing media, usually a foam type media floating on top of the nutrient water where the plant’s roots are hanging down into the nutrient water. Some variegations have been incorporated in this location to expand some growing areas. It may be slightly difficult to see but like all NTF systems the troughs and beds are sloped to aid in water flow and to prevent ponding of the nutrient water.


By Lyndsey Roth, Pennsylvania


If you are anything like me you love orchids. You drool over them when you shop at garden centers, when you buy paint at box store, and as you buy frozen chicken at the supermarket. It seems that orchids are in almost every store. Some stores are even selling more than the standard Phalaenopsis, and the orchids suck you in with their beautiful saturated colors and exotic blooms. This is where my problem starts.

How To Grow Tillandsias (Air Plants)

By Wally Wolfgang, Pennsylvania


Tillandsia is a genus in the bromeliad family accounting for over 500 species.  T. usneoides is what is commonly known as Spanish moss, which contrasts in size with some of the larger species as bok choy. Tillandsias grow outside in abundance in warmer southern climates from rain forests to desert to mountains. Commonly referred to as “air plants,” they receive their nourishment through their leaves that come in many configurations of size from flat to round, and are classified as “epiphytes” for this reason. Tillandsias use their small roots to attach (anchor) themselves to tree bark and rocky areas to grow. Tiny apertures which absorb moisture and are called “trichomes” give many tillandsias the gray or silver appearance.

Build A Potting Bench

By Lee Gaymen, Pennsylvania


I wasn't sure I really needed a potting bench, but keeping potting soils outdoors seemed like a good idea. Beside, with the weather being so unpleasant, a nice indoor building project seemed like a good idea. I spent an evening on line looking at the bench photos that came up on a Bing "potting bench" photo search, and decided on a plan that looked like it would serve my purposes.

Sample Magazine
HGA Magazine 2016 Spring.pdf
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Sample Newsletter
HGA Newsletter 2014 Winter.pdf
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