Archive for October, 2011

Pepper Production Requires Careful Protection

Education, Products

October 15, 2011

Sweet peppers and hot peppers are a favourite snack for birds in Dominica. One of the best ways to protect against this crop destroying problem is to use bird netting over rows or to create a larger net house or shade house. Properly sized netting will keep birds out of a garden, but will not trap or harm birds.

4D Ag-Center stocks a selection of bird net and shade cloth products for your pepper protection needs.

Peppers Up Close in Dominica

Sweet Pepper Harvest

How 4D Got Started

Interesting

October 14, 2011

Did you know? 4D started as a humble organic pineapple farm in the heights above Pointe Michel, Dominica. While the pineapple farm is now essentially gone, the area is “ripe” for growing!

Pineapples

Pineapples Growing at South Chiltern Estate

Garden Tools at 4D Ag-Center

Products

October 13, 2011

Did you know that 4D Ag-Center has the largest selection of garden tools in Dominica from Ames True-Temper? Come see our selection and prices!

Shovel in Dominica

Seedlings – let us get things started!

Products, Uncategorized

October 12, 2011

Seedlings

Young Pepper Seedlings

4D Ag-Center has a nursery to start seedlings for you. This is one of the most time intensive parts of planting a crop. How much is your time worth?

Let our staff take the best trays, soil mix, and seed stock to start your plants on their way to a healthy life. Order well in advance for your planting needs. Nursery space is limited. First come- first served!

Rope for Fishing and General Use

Products

October 11, 2011

Rope at 4D Ag-Center

Rope at 4D Ag-Center

We have a selection of Poly and Nylon rope, plus specialty rope for fishing. For all your rope needs, visit 4D Ag-Center.

We also have some twine and other rope products. Related items like chain are also available.

We sell rope in full rolls and by the foot.

Let us know if you need something special. We can special order full rolls for you.

Minetto Lettuce from 4D Ag-Center

Products

October 11, 2011

Minetto Lettuce

Minetto Lettuce

Minetto has become a favorite lettuce variety in Dominica over the years. Minetto is a iceberg type lettuce with a relatively small head. It is medium green in color. It is slow bolting, and resistant to tip burn. Minetto grows year round and does well in the open field, greenhouses, and especially shadehouses.

Sahel Cabbage Seed and Seedlings

Products

October 10, 2011

Sahel Cabbage

Sahel Cabbage in Greenouse

Here are some facts about Sahel Cabbage from 4D Ag-Center.

The Cabbage variety Sahel is restitant to Black Rot Zanthomonas and Fusarium Yellow. It has a maturity of 70 days, and yields a head of approximately 1.5 kg. It’s head shape is round as opposed to some cabbage that is flat or semi-round.

Respiratory Safety

Products

October 10, 2011

3M Respirator

3M 6200 Respirator

There are dangers around the farm everywhere you look. One of the most dangerous health hazards is breathing in chemicals. Pesticide applications, herbicides, and fertilizers should not be inhaled. The 3M Series 6200 respirator is a general purpose breathing apparatus that can be fitted with a variety of cartridges. The most popular is the general purpose cartridge.

Protect your health with a 3M respirator from 4D Ag-Center. We offer the best prices on safety equipment in Dominica.

Wheelbarrows

Products

October 10, 2011

Wheelbarrows are an essential tool in Dominica. Moving things around farmland that is sloping can be difficult with mechanized machinery. The only choice is often hand-carrying items, or using a wheelbarrow.

Wheelbarrow4D sells a wide variety of quality wheelbarrows from Ames True-Temper.

Pineapple Facts

Education

October 10, 2011

Pineapple Facts

Species: Ananas comosus

Family: Bromeliaceae

Common Names: Pineapple, Ananas, Nanas, Pina.

Related Species: Pina de Playon (Ananas bracteatus).

Distant affinity: Pingwing (Aechmea magdalenae), Pinguin (Bromelia pinguin), Pinuela (Karatas plumier).

 

What is the origin of the pineapple?

The pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay where wild relatives occur. It was spread by the Indians up through South and Central America to the West Indies before Columbus arrived. In 1493 Columbus found the fruit on the island of Guadaloupe and carried it back to Spain and it was spread around the world on sailing ships that carried it for protection against scurvy. The Spanish introduced it into the Philippines and may have taken it to Hawaii and Guam early in the 16th Century. The pineapple reached England in 1660 and began to be grown in greenhouses for its fruit around 1720. (CRFG)

Where can pineapples be grown?

Pineapples can be grown anywhere that frost and freezing do not occur. Cold temperatures will affect the quality of the fruit. Intense sun can scorch the pineapple fruit. Relatively stable temperate areas are best suited for pineapple production. 4 Dominica’s farm is located in an area well suited to pineapple production with temperatures ranging from a low of 69 to a high of 85 degrees farenheight. There is also ample rain and sunshine every day of the year, producing a high quality, great tasting fruit.

What kind of fertilization is necessary in farming pineapples?

Nitrogen is an essential input for increasing fruit size and promoting fruit health. 4 Dominica is an entirely organic farm, using only inputs approved by the Soil Association, England’s leading organic certification and standards organization. To improve soil quality, organic compost is added as foliar spray or directly to the roots. In addition, 4 Dominica uses sustainable, regenerative farming techniques such as crop rotations and interplanting of leguminous, nitrogen producing crops. For more information on regenerative farming, visit the Rodale Institute.

Solo 425 Backpack Sprayer

Products

October 10, 2011

Solo 425 Backpack Sprayer

With thousands of Solo backpack sprayers in service in Dominica, and as the sole authorized factory dealer, we know how to service and support this venerable product. The Solo 425 4-gallon piston pump backpack sprayer is the mainstay of sprayers in Dominica.

Each solo sprayer is equipped with an adjustable, flat spray, hollow cone, and jet stream nozzle to accommodate virtually every spraying need. Padded straps with pull tabs make adjustments quick and easy. Built-in strainers, screens, and filters help keep debris out of nozzles. Pressure can be regulated to 15, 30, 45 or 60 PSI by means of a built-in pressure regulating valve. Unbreakable wand prevents damage common to brass and brittle plastic wands. VitonĀ® seals, gaskets and o-rings provide excellent chemical resistance and durability.

Welcome to the new 4D Website!

Uncategorized

October 10, 2011

We are hard at work, setting up our new website. Check back soon for more exciting and dynamic content!