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Sunflowers for Ukraine: Harris Seeds Donates $20,000 to Ukrainian Relief Efforts

Sunflowers for Ukraine: Harris Seeds Donates $20,000 to Ukrainian Relief Efforts

Since March 2022, Harris Seeds has been assisting in the Ukrainian relief effort through a new campaign, Sunflowers for Ukraine.  

Through the campaign, which ran for the entire month of March before picking back up mid-April, Harris Seeds has donated 100% of proceeds from their online Sunflowers for Ukraine collection to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine due to the Russian Invasion.  

“Hearing what’s been happening and seeing the stories has been heartbreaking for everyone here,” said Kendall Brittingham, Harris’ Marketing Director. “A lot of growers and gardeners come to us for their flowers, so we felt it would be a great fit. It symbolizes more than just a beautiful flower. Now it’s symbolizing the strength and hope of the people of Ukraine.”  

The idea for the campaign was generated during a brainstorming meeting, where Harris Seeds’ Germination Lab Manager noted that sunflowers have become the unofficial flower of Ukraine. From there, the campaign materialized quickly and was officially launched on March 10. Since the release of the campaign, Harris Seeds has donated over $20,000 dollars in humanitarian aid. 

The campaign has since taken on new legs with the specialized Sunflowers for Ukraine packet available on the Harris Seeds app and website. The company will continue to run the campaign and donate 100% of the proceeds to Ukrainian humanitarian aid as long as the need persists.   

Sunflowers for Ukraine Packet

Gardeners or commercial growers who want to support relief efforts in Ukraine can purchase the Sunflowers for Ukraine packet. 

Pumpkin Growers Panel: Answering All Your Pumpkin Growing Questions

Pumpkin Growers Panel: Answering All Your Pumpkin Growing Questions

Join Harris Seeds and Harris Moran as we present the Pumpkin Growers Panel: Answering All Your Pumpkin Growing Questions! We've gathered professional pumpkin growers and breeders from across the country to share their experience and insight into pumpkin growing. We'll cover topics around no-till, crop rotation, cover crops, best storage practices, and more.

Chapters

00:00 Welcome!
05:25 New pumpkins from Harris Moran – Olympus, Adonis, Popcorn, Pixie, Lemonade, and Fireball
12:30 Panel introduction
17:45 Panel discussion
18:00 Fertilizing, spacing, and seed starting
28:20 Crop rotation
33:07 Pollination and fruit set
42:40 Weed management (traditional and no-till)
51:20 Disease management
59:46 Insect management
1:03:36 Mammal management
1:07:15 Harvesting timing and storage
1:15:29 Wholesale strategies
1:21:42 Roadside stands and farm market strategies
1:30:30 Audience Q&A
1:38:53 Final comments and thank you

Adonis Pumpkin Popcorn Pumpkin 
Adonis Pumpkin & Popcorn Pumpkin

Fireball Pumpkin
Fireball Pumpkin

For additional questions, please refer to the following resources:

Plasticulture

Pumpkin Production, Penn State University – see specifically the sections about planting and fertilization and the Sample Budgets for Plasticulture vs No-till.  

Irrigation

Squash and Pumpkin Production: Oklahoma State University – see specifically the section about Irrigation 

Fertilizer

Squash and Pumpkin Production: Oklahoma State University – see specifically the section about Fertilizer 
Pumpkin Production, Penn State University – see specifically the sections about planting and fertilization. 

Insect Pests

Disease

Grow Smarter

Grow Smarter

Don’t get us wrong... We love a starter plant. 

But they aren’t always the best or most cost-efficient choice when starting your growing season. In fact, although they may seem inexpensive, some big-box stores are charging a crazy price for plants that you can just as easily, and much more cost-effectively, start from seed. Let’s talk about it!

Starter Plant

When to GROW SMARTER...

Some crops grow better when they are sown indoors while others grow better when they’re transplanted directly into your garden. Not sure when to start with
transplants vs seeds? 
We’ve got you.

Read our blog article, "Transplant vs. Direct Sow: How To Know Which Planting Method To Use" >

Plant in Pot

If you’re planning your garden late in the season, shop transplanted crops (like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant) from your local nursery, and buy seeds for crops you can sow directly into the ground (like beans, cucumbers, herbs, greens, and squash).

Shop Seeds for Direct Sowing >

Pro tip: 

When shopping for starter plants, start with your local nursery. Local nurseries are knowledgeable about the products they carry and how to care for them, resulting in healthier starter plants and for a more successful growing season.

Grow Smarter

Worried about your seeds not sprouting? 

Check out these best practices for achieving optimal germination rates.

Read our blog article, "12 Reasons Why My Seeds Aren't Germinating" >

Potted Plant

Not sure how to properly care for your seedlings so they grow into strong and healthy plants?

Check out this guide and your green thumb won’t be far behind.

Read our blog article, "How To Care for Seedlings" >

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