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What affects garden plant growth varies from day to day, week to week, and year to year. Periodic and sporadic lighting are keys to sustaining and increasing plant growth, both above and below ground. Without such lighting, soil-dwelling fungi and microbes die and, in turn, the soil dries out. Weeds germinate because there is no sufficient lighting to keep the soil microbes alive and to kill the weeds. Even without other cultivators, plants that are growing in darkness, with or without fertilizers, will grow their greatest size, and perhaps with the greatest amounts of desirable flavor and nutrition.
Weeds germinate because there is no sufficient lighting to keep the soil microbes alive and to kill the weeds.
To grow fruit, keep the soil well-watered in the initial stages, then don’t over-water or keep the fruit dry. Apples, pears, and peaches have shown to be especially sensitive to drought. Water is required to keep leaves and other parts of the plant healthy. Flowering plants have even more water requirements. Plants should be given a cycle of both drought and rainfall to promote fruit production.
See an issue you are having with your vegetable garden? Talk to us about it. What kind of problem are you having? If it’s really serious, like a drenching rainstorm, we’ll let you know what you need to do before we send out a service technician. Most of the time, problems with vegetable gardening occur because of things you can do yourself, such as finding the right size containers, keeping the soil fertile, and changing a problem area when a problem appears. We’ll help you understand what is wrong and what to do next. At any time, we can provide any of our services to solve your garden problem. We’ll either talk you through your problem, apply herbicides, fertilizers, cover crop, treat plants for diseases, or help you identify issues and know what to do next. We’ll also gladly recommend any products that may help you. We have helped gardeners with nearly every kind of problem you can imagine.
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Can You Really Say, “No”?
When a potential customer contacts us and tells us he wants his potato washer, we realize that we have been fortunate to have had an opportunity to hear a lot of good and bad about potato washing machines, and we ask him to start by telling us about the last potato washing machine he bought. “How did it work?” is a typical start of a conversation about potato washers. Generally, we realize immediately what the problem is with that machine, but not all potato washers we’ve sold had a bad reputation, and we have been able to sell many customers a better potato washer than they had when we first got in contact with them. So we sometimes have to take the sales pitch apart and ask for detailed explanations of the problems. If we get multiple emails, or a letter, or a phone call from a customer who tells us that he or she wants us to repair a potato washer we previously sold, we take it seriously and we will make every effort to try and sell them a better machine. We will use our knowledge of our products and ask that they explain to us why they need a potato washer now rather than something they could buy a couple of years ago. If the product is the same, they will have to be a little more detailed with their explanation.
There are other reasons why we may want to tell our customers that “no” we don’t want to help them with a repair. For example, if we sell a potato washing machine to a customer in the Northeastern United States and he or she suddenly says, “We want to put a washer in where the previous one broke down, and our neighbor has a washer that is in terrible condition and we don’t have any way to get it out of their field,” we will need to say, “You know we don’t normally sell potato washers to someone else, and we don’t do a lot of repair work, so your only choice is to buy a new washer from us.” This type of problem is not likely to happen if we are busy selling, but it will when we are not.
Do you want a potato washer, but don’t want to lose the season of crop production? A potato washer helps you get rid of that green residue that leaves potato peelings behind after processing. Many potato processing plants are very conscious of food waste, and a potato washer is one way to keep the waste from going into landfills. The waste can be put in bags and then placed on sites to be used as soil enhancement. Small potato washers can do an acceptable job, but large potato washers can do a very effective job. The potato washers we sell are also very energy efficient, and a large potato washer can be profitable even if it uses up about a third of the potato processing plant’s electrical power.
Will a potato washer wash potatoes that have just been processed? It may not be feasible for the new potatoes to be placed in the washing machine for a few hours before being processed into French fries or potato chips. For that type of product, the potatoes have to be washed, dried, bagged, and then stored in a cooler until processing.
Will a potato washer wash potatoes that are very wet? It has to be dried before being washed, or a washer can be easily ruined, and a certain amount of damage can be done.
Will a potato washer wash potatoes that are covered with starchy material, like mashes or any raw potatoes that contain gelatinous material? Raw potatoes with a lot of starch, such as starchy foods, should be washed, because they can clog the washer screen.
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