Issue 42: USA & Canada

Super Cropping

I think of it as any man-made stress that positively affects a plant. Bending or cutting branches, removing leaves at specific times, or training branches in certain directions are examples of getting physical with the plant. But manipulating watering schedules, temperature, extending periods of darkness, and plant nutrition can all cause positive stress and help you create stronger, bigger super plants. It’s a fine line; the difference between good stress and severely damaging plants is slight.

Down the Rabbit Hole: The Plant Canopy Training Debate by Joanna Berg, Don’t Stress Out! Training and Pruning Explained by Cody J. Garrett-Tait, and Rebellious Super Cropping: Break the Rules!” by Rich Hamilton will answer any questions you may have and indeed help you step up your growing game.

There isn’t only one right way to super crop; this growing method encompasses many techniques. Don’t be afraid to play with your plants. Bend, twist, break, pinch; do it all. But don’t do it to all of them, especially the first time around.

There is no doubt in my mind that when properly executed, super cropping can have a positive impact on plant strength, yield, and quality. Every grower should bend a branch and see what happens.

Happy Gardening!

In this issue

Satisfy Your Plants And Rebellious Side With Super Cropping

Super cropping is an advanced gardening technique that could be disastrous if not done correctly. Up your growing game with Rich Hamilton’s how-to guide!

5 Cool Ways To Super Cropping Success

Super Cropping is a growing technique that involves stressing plants in various ways to achieve heavy yields in the garden. Read our 5 cool ways to super crop!

East Fork Cultivars

Takilma, Oregon, United States

East Fork Cultivars is a 34-acre farm producing certified organic hemp and Sun+Earth Certified cannabis while respecting the plant, soil, water, and life.

Jen and Derek’s Farm

Wilmot Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Jen and Derek's Farm grows dozens of fruits and vegetables for the local community to enjoy at shops and restaurants and via an online ordering program.

Project P.A.C.E.

Ile Bizard, Quebec, Canada

Project P.A.C.E. aims to develop sustainable agricultural technologies and offers mobile farm tours so community members learn to appreciate various animals.

Southern Flora Farms

Manchester, Tennessee, United States

There’s nothing conventional about Southern Flora Farms! Kristin and Will Nickels take their social and environmental responsibilities very seriously.

Budget-Friendly Ways To Grow Food

It’s all about eating well, living sustainably, and saving money these days. Anne Gibson has budget-friendly tips for growing food in your kitchen all year!

A Grower’s Guide To Cost-Effective Crop Nuisance Control

Every serious grower needs cost-effective nuisance control for their crops. In this article, Adam Clarke tells us about his experience with hypochlorous acid.

Lactic Acid Fermentation A Tasty And Nutritious Science Experiment

Fermentation is a budget-friendly way to preserve nutritious food! In this article, Martyna Krol guides us through the process of lactic acid fermentation.

Tissue Culture l: Propagating Many Plants In Small Spaces

There’s more than one way to propagate plants! In the first article of this series, Philip McIntosh talks about tissue culture and how it works.