Chris Bond

Chris Bond is the manager of the McKay Farm and Research Station at Unity College in Maine. His research interests are with sustainable agriculture, biological pest control as well as alternative growing methods. He is a certified permaculture designer and certified nursery technician in Ohio and a certified nursery professional in New York, where he got his start in growing.

Articles by Chris Bond


The Write Way: What to Keep Track of in a Gardening Journal The Write Way: What to Keep Track of in a Gardening Journal The Write Way: What to Keep Track of in a Gardening Journal The Write Way: What to Keep Track of in a Gardening Journal


Keeping a garden journal allows you the freedom of not having to remember everything about a past growing season when you are planning the...

The Science Behind Natural and Synthetic Root Growth Promoters The Science Behind Natural and Synthetic Root Growth Promoters The Science Behind Natural and Synthetic Root Growth Promoters The Science Behind Natural and Synthetic Root Growth Promoters


Though plants naturally produce their own root promoters, there are a variety of ways a motivated grower can stimulate root propagation...

How to Deal With Blossom End Rot in the Garden How to Deal With Blossom End Rot in the Garden How to Deal With Blossom End Rot in the Garden How to Deal With Blossom End Rot in the Garden


While the bane of every food grower, the appearance of the dreaded blossom end rot doesn’t have to be a tragedy. Here's how to avoid those...

Advantages of Organic Weed Control Advantages of Organic Weed Control Advantages of Organic Weed Control Advantages of Organic Weed Control


Chris Bond digs deep to uproot the best organic weed controls for your garden

Getting off the Grid: Alternative Energies for Hydro Systems Getting off the Grid: Alternative Energies for Hydro Systems Getting off the Grid: Alternative Energies for Hydro Systems Getting off the Grid: Alternative Energies for Hydro Systems


With solar cells dropping in price and battery systems improving all the time, there are considerable benefits to looking at alternative...

Crop Spotlight: Aronia Crop Spotlight: Aronia Crop Spotlight: Aronia Crop Spotlight: Aronia


Aronia, more commonly known as chokeberry, is a native, understory shrub that has been rediscovered in recent years for its use in the...

Start Off Strong with the Right Seeds Start Off Strong with the Right Seeds Start Off Strong with the Right Seeds Start Off Strong with the Right Seeds


Did you know that heirloom seeds are not by definition organic? Or that hybridized crops do not necessarily pass along their traits through...

Crop Focus: Mistletoe Crop Focus: Mistletoe Crop Focus: Mistletoe Crop Focus: Mistletoe


Mistletoe, a holiday decorating staple for centuries, reproduced itself without soil for millennia before anyone even knew hydroponics was...

Between Hydro Crops: What to Do and What to Reuse Between Hydro Crops: What to Do and What to Reuse Between Hydro Crops: What to Do and What to Reuse Between Hydro Crops: What to Do and What to Reuse


When you’re between crops in the indoor garden, it’s a good time to think about cleaning your system and sorting out what to keep and what...

Post-Harvest Care for Crops Post-Harvest Care for Crops Post-Harvest Care for Crops Post-Harvest Care for Crops


After setting up the perfect environment for your crops and maintaining every growroom parameter to the letter, you’ll find that the most...

10 Instruments Every Grower Needs 10 Instruments Every Grower Needs 10 Instruments Every Grower Needs 10 Instruments Every Grower Needs


Growers can never have enough information to gauge the state of their plants. From auxanometers to Brix meters, the more beta the better....

Pesky Garden Pests: Snails and Slugs Pesky Garden Pests: Snails and Slugs Pesky Garden Pests: Snails and Slugs Pesky Garden Pests: Snails and Slugs


In the final part of our three-part primer on plant pests and biological solutions, we take a look at identifying damage from snails and...

Pesky Garden Pests: Spider Mites, Fungus Gnats, and Caterpillars Pesky Garden Pests: Spider Mites, Fungus Gnats, and Caterpillars Pesky Garden Pests: Spider Mites, Fungus Gnats, and Caterpillars Pesky Garden Pests: Spider Mites, Fungus Gnats, and Caterpillars


In Part II of our primer on common garden pests, we take a look at identifying damage from spider mites, fungus gnats and various...

Pesky Garden Pests: Aphids, Whiteflies, and Thrips Pesky Garden Pests: Aphids, Whiteflies, and Thrips Pesky Garden Pests: Aphids, Whiteflies, and Thrips Pesky Garden Pests: Aphids, Whiteflies, and Thrips


In part I of our primer on common garden pests and biological solutions, we look at aphids, whiteflies and thrips—three of the most common...

Building the Perfect Organic Fertilizer Building the Perfect Organic Fertilizer Building the Perfect Organic Fertilizer Building the Perfect Organic Fertilizer


Tailoring your fertilizer program to meet the unique needs of your plants and soils is not only possible, it is easier than you might think

Gear Up Your Greenhouse Gear Up Your Greenhouse Gear Up Your Greenhouse Gear Up Your Greenhouse


Spring is an ideal time to move your indoor garden outdoors and into a greenhouse. Many of the principles behind operating a successful...

Proper Pruning Techniques Part 2 Proper Pruning Techniques Part 2 Proper Pruning Techniques Part 2 Proper Pruning Techniques Part 2


A look at the selection and care of plant pruning equipment, as well as how to take cuttings

Proper Pruning Techniques Part 1 Proper Pruning Techniques Part 1 Proper Pruning Techniques Part 1 Proper Pruning Techniques Part 1


Correctly pruning your plants can add years to their lives and increase yields of healthy, disease-free fruits and flowers

Get Your Drip On: The Advantages of Drip Irrigation Get Your Drip On: The Advantages of Drip Irrigation Get Your Drip On: The Advantages of Drip Irrigation Get Your Drip On: The Advantages of Drip Irrigation


The most effective and efficient method of watering plants is drip irrigation, and setting up a system for a garden of any size or shape is...

What Makes a Good Gardening Potting Mix? What Makes a Good Gardening Potting Mix? What Makes a Good Gardening Potting Mix? What Makes a Good Gardening Potting Mix?


It can be difficult to navigate the world of soilless growing mixes without knowing a thing or two about what different mixes are made of...

Faster Seed Germination with Cold Plasma Treatments: Energize Your Seeds Faster Seed Germination with Cold Plasma Treatments: Energize Your Seeds Faster Seed Germination with Cold Plasma Treatments: Energize Your Seeds Faster Seed Germination with Cold Plasma Treatments: Energize Your Seeds


We all want faster germination and better performance from our seeds. What if there was an emerging technology that could do that, plus...

Extending The Growing Season Extending The Growing Season Extending The Growing Season Extending The Growing Season


The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are plummeting. While this would normally signal the end of the outdoor growing season...

Kelp: The Wonder Amendment Kelp: The Wonder Amendment Kelp: The Wonder Amendment Kelp: The Wonder Amendment


With a whole host of benefits, from improving seed germination and increasing stem strength, to helping plants deal with drought, high...

The Goodness of Guano The Goodness of Guano The Goodness of Guano The Goodness of Guano


As a gardener, you’ve likely heard about guano, an ingredient used in some plant supplements. Guano, often associated with bats, is a...

Giving Plants the Green Light Giving Plants the Green Light Giving Plants the Green Light Giving Plants the Green Light


Green light is not apparently useful for plant metabolism, but it does seem to play a role in plant form and composition, as well as being...

Bone Meal Basics Bone Meal Basics Bone Meal Basics Bone Meal Basics


Bone meal, made from ground-up animal bones, is an organic source of phosphorus and calcium, and it also contains trace amounts of nitrogen...

Good Greenhouse Hygiene Good Greenhouse Hygiene Good Greenhouse Hygiene Good Greenhouse Hygiene


Plants are more likely to thrive in a clean environment. Make it your goal this spring to carry out these simple sanitary measures in your...

Hydroponics 101: A Back-to-basics Guide Hydroponics 101: A Back-to-basics Guide Hydroponics 101: A Back-to-basics Guide Hydroponics 101: A Back-to-basics Guide


Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants, food crops or flowers in a liquid medium without the use of soil. Hydroponic crops can be...

An Organic Primer Part 2 An Organic Primer Part 2 An Organic Primer Part 2 An Organic Primer Part 2


In An Organic Primer Part 2, we examine the ways growers can control or prevent pests, diseases, and weeds using organic practices

An Organic Primer Part I An Organic Primer Part I An Organic Primer Part I An Organic Primer Part I


Soil building, cover cropping, companion planting and crop rotation are some of the hallmark practices of organic gardening. But what else...

Growing in Small Spaces Growing in Small Spaces Growing in Small Spaces Growing in Small Spaces


Just because you live in an apartment doesn't mean you can't grow your own food. Chris Bond has some out-of-the box, tight space gardening...

Adding Animals to a Home Food System Adding Animals to a Home Food System Adding Animals to a Home Food System Adding Animals to a Home Food System


Many home-based food growers resist the idea of adding any form of livestock to their food system for fear of what might be involved

Seed Saving Seed Saving Seed Saving Seed Saving


A good way to save money and ensure that you don't rely on genetically modified seeds is to start collecting seeds from your own plants....

Bringing the Forest Inside: A Closer Look at Christmas Tree Care Bringing the Forest Inside: A Closer Look at Christmas Tree Care Bringing the Forest Inside: A Closer Look at Christmas Tree Care Bringing the Forest Inside: A Closer Look at Christmas Tree Care


For those who opt for a cut or living Christmas tree during the holiday season, the care and culture of the tree while it is indoors is...

Beneficial Insects for Beginners Beneficial Insects for Beginners Beneficial Insects for Beginners Beneficial Insects for Beginners


Various insect infestations can throw an indoor gardener's best efforts out the window if left untreated. One solution to the problem is...

Q&A by Chris Bond


How do I get rid of white flies, aphids and spider mites in my garden? How do I get rid of white flies, aphids and spider mites in my garden? How do I get rid of white flies, aphids and spider mites in my garden? How do I get rid of white flies, aphids and spider mites in my garden?


You have named three of the most prolific and perennial pests of greenhouses and production areas. All of the ones you have named feed on...

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