Russ Landry

Russell Landry is the former vice-president of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth and its many competitive weigh-off sites held worldwide. He is now the current president of the Giant Vegetable Growers of Ontario (gvgo.ca). Russ publishes the GVGO Growers’ Vine newsletter.

Articles by Russ Landry


Why Humic Acid is Beneficial for Plant Growth Why Humic Acid is Beneficial for Plant Growth Why Humic Acid is Beneficial for Plant Growth Why Humic Acid is Beneficial for Plant Growth


Just what exactly is that black powdery stuff growers are often asked to put in their soil, and how does it work? Here is master gardener...

Achieving Shear Growth: Pruning to Maximize Fruit Size Achieving Shear Growth: Pruning to Maximize Fruit Size Achieving Shear Growth: Pruning to Maximize Fruit Size Achieving Shear Growth: Pruning to Maximize Fruit Size


When we prune or top off plants, we are removing the fastest-growing shoots. This is done to remove apical dominance, the phenomenon where...

Finding the Fountain of Youth: Delaying the Aging Process to Boost Yields Finding the Fountain of Youth: Delaying the Aging Process to Boost Yields Finding the Fountain of Youth: Delaying the Aging Process to Boost Yields Finding the Fountain of Youth: Delaying the Aging Process to Boost Yields


Like humans, most plants inevitably grow old and then die, and as plants age, yields are affected negatively. But if this natural decline...

Attack of the Giant Tomatoes Attack of the Giant Tomatoes Attack of the Giant Tomatoes Attack of the Giant Tomatoes


Want to try growing the next world record tomato? Here’s what you need to know.

Combatting Soil Compaction Combatting Soil Compaction Combatting Soil Compaction Combatting Soil Compaction


Soil compaction, or the compression of soil particles, can be a major yield-limiting factor in a garden. Russell Landry has the dirt on...

Protect Against Powdery Mildew Protect Against Powdery Mildew Protect Against Powdery Mildew Protect Against Powdery Mildew


Powdery mildew is a common name for many species of fungi that infect the leaves of both indoor and outdoor plants. While it is difficult...

Controlling the Nasty Nematodes in Your Garden Controlling the Nasty Nematodes in Your Garden Controlling the Nasty Nematodes in Your Garden Controlling the Nasty Nematodes in Your Garden


While some nematodes, or roundworms, are beneficial to have in the garden, as they eat the bugs that are eating your crops, other nematode...

Take a Trip Along the Calcium Highway Take a Trip Along the Calcium Highway Take a Trip Along the Calcium Highway Take a Trip Along the Calcium Highway


There is still so much to learn about the role of calcium in plants, but this common metallic mineral certainly already has applications...

Friendly Flora Friendly Flora Friendly Flora Friendly Flora


Companion planting is a form of polyculture where certain types of crops are planted in close proximity to one another to boost crop yields...

The Next Best Thing... The Next Best Thing... The Next Best Thing... The Next Best Thing...


Sometimes, there is neither time nor budget to be the best gardener you can be. But, when time is against you or funds are low, there are...

Preparing the Next Patch Preparing the Next Patch Preparing the Next Patch Preparing the Next Patch


Some would argue that right after the end of the harvest is when the hardest work for a grower begins, because after harvesting the current...

Growing 101: Skills to Garden By Growing 101: Skills to Garden By Growing 101: Skills to Garden By Growing 101: Skills to Garden By


As we usher in another bright summer season, it might be time to set in place a roadmap for growers. With that in mind, here is an extended...

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