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Roger McGaughey Columnist, Head Grower - Michael's Greenhouse

Head grower at Pioneer Gardens in Deerfield, Massachusetts, Roger was educated in Northern Ireland and England and has 44 years experience as a grower.

Recent Articles

Growers Talk Production
Orius insidiosus: A Natural Thrips Killer
Roger McGaughey
During a field walk, I explained how we use beds of lobularia as a habitat to attract natural Orius with the goal of assisting with thrips control. The question was asked: “What is Orius?”
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The Little Things Make All the Difference
Roger McGaughey
If we take care of the little things, the important details, the big things, often take care of themselves and everyone’s stress level can be lower.
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Propagation Fog System
Roger McGaughey
How we fixed the problem of over-misting our cuttings.
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Cost-Effective Thrips Control—Part II
Roger McGaughey
Another year is almost over and once again we do not have a thrips problem. How many greenhouses can make that claim?
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Innovations in Our BCA Usage
Roger McGaughey
Sometimes products don’t perform the way we expect, so we need to think outside the box, be innovative and find a solution to make them effective.
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Incorporating PGRs into Our Biological Growing Process
Roger McGaughey
There’s a wealth of knowledge out there regarding recommendations for many types of PGRs to use on various crops, but making something work in your growing environment for your crops is what matters.
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BCAs–A Year in Review
Roger McGaughey
Technology continues to improve at a fast pace and enables us to do lots from afar, but there’s no substitute for getting into your crops and making sure that they will provide our customers with the quality that they expect and deserve.
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Taking Banker Plants Outdoors
Roger McGaughey
Six years ago I started on this journey of controlling pests with biological control agents. Now we want to take the process a stage further and see if we can make it work in our perennial field production sites.
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Young Biological Horticulturists
Roger McGaughey
Last fall, we discussed the possibility of involving some school students in a horticultural project, learning how to grow aphid banker plants and being our suppliers.
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Giving Thanks
Roger McGaughey
I was brought up to always say please and thank you, so in this article, I would like to thank and recognize some people.
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