The following abstracts are a preview of the Winter 2019 edition of the HGA Magazine.
Sample Magazine and Newsletter files can be downloaded at the end of this preview.
Growing Spring Bulbs for Winter Bloom Indoors
By Wally Wolfgang, Pennsylvania
Starting your own spring bulbs indoors can be easy and enjoyable. Beautiful looking pots of bulbs also come with bragging rights.
The Green Thumb
By Doc and Katy Abraham
Upstate New York
Doc and Katy Abraham provided articles for the HGA for many years. This article was reprinted from the Winter 1992 HGA magazine.
Information on Geraniums, Dark Opal Basil, Whiteflies, and Cottonseed Meal, and more!
Good information that is timeless
Succulents and Rainwater: What’s the Best
Water for Succulents
By Becca Badgett, North Carolina
Just when you think you have the easy-care succulent plants  figured out, you hear that your tap water is bad for the plants. Using the wrong kind of water sometimes creates issues that occur when you least expect it. Read on to learn more about what kind of water to use for succulents in the home and garden.
by Ray Barkalow,
First Rays, LLC
Most plant pests are shy creatures who prefer to lurk in dim crannies where they can’t be easily detected. Not aphids. These bold, gregarious insects work right out in the open. On infested plants you can find entire colonies of them cavorting on new growth, at the base of buds, and on the undersides of leaves
Before You Buy or Build
Planning for Your Hobby Greenhouse
Hobby Greenhouse Association Article
Updated by Richard Schreiber, Iowa
and Tom Karasek, Washington
In this article two of our HGA leaders present updates information that you need to consider before you buy or build a greenhouse.
A great article to have and to share with anyone you know who might be considering a greenhouse (and joining HGA of course!)
Tim and Katherine Clymer, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Tim and Katherine share the story about their Climate Battery Greenhouse. An exciting story about their quest to fulfill their vision of growing. As they say:
"Threefold Farm is named for our Threefold Purpose: Grow Deeply, Serve Joyfully and Teach Humanity."
Once you have read this fascinating story you can take a virtual visit of Three Fold Farm.
Shedding Some Light on Light
By Tom Eckert, Pennsylvania
At times, as your editor, I get questions relating to which light fixture or lamp is best for starting seeds in the home or greenhouse. In this article I will look at fluorescent lighting and how to best use it.
Greenhouse Growing Tips From Charley’s Greenhouse and Garden Monthly Hints
Be sure to check out these timely tips from one of our suppliers.
Five Common Mistakes Made by New Hobby Greenhouse Owners
Jim Guinn, Stroudsburg, PA
Many new hobby greenhouse owners mistakenly think that now that they have a greenhouse, they will have great plants, but that couldn't be further from the truth. These greenhouse owners are prone to making mistakes that work against their goal of a greenhouse full of healthy, thriving plants. A green-house is much more than having a bright and warm outside room in which to raise plants; it is a balance of many factors, an art and a science fraught with pitfalls for the new, unsuspecting greenhouse own-er. Here are the five most common mistakes made by new hobby greenhouse owners.
By A.M. Armitage and W.H. Carlson
This article was originally published by the Dept. Of Horticulture, Michigan State University.
There is a great deal of confusion concerning the true identify of holiday cacti. Some growers sell two or three different species of plants and call them Christmas cacti. This anomaly has arisen because all of the holiday cacti offered today have some requirement for short days and naturally flower around Christmas time. There are three common holiday cacti . Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter cacti.