Slipping into Summer

The summer solstice will soon be upon us, marking the official start of summer. We hope your garden is thriving and provides a bountiful harvest this season. We also hope you make time this summer for relaxation!

The coming of summer also means that fall catalogs are arriving in mailboxes. Once again we are offering a wide range of spring and summer blooming bulbs, perennials, ferns, ornamental grasses, and edibles like garlic, blueberries, and strawberries. We also offer a wide range of garden and kitchen supplies to help you protect your garden and enjoy its bounty.

Controlling Squash Vine Borer

SVBSquash vine borer (SVB) is a common squash pest. SVB is a type of clearwing moth (Melittia species, family Sesiidae) that is black and orange colored and somewhat wasp-like in appearance. Eggs are laid on many plants in the squash family, including winter squash, summer squash, pumpkins, and gourds. Occasionally cucumbers and muskmelons are attacked. (Adult SVB image by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org)

Perfecting Potato Production

There are a vast range of different planting techniques for potatoes, ranging from deep trenches to containers to surface planting with deep mulching. All of these methods can be effective for growing this easy, nutritious crop.

Regardless of your preferred planting method, preconditioning your seed potatoes before planting will ensure plants get off to a vigorous start and maximize yields. The technique of pre-sprouting potatoes is called “chitting” or “greensprouting”.

Chicken Noodle Soup Slow Cooker Recipe

As many parts of our country are still wishing for warm spring weather but dealing with chilly wet weather, we thought it perfect timing to share one of our favorite healthy and delicious comfort soups. Whether you are trying to overcome an awful cold or just want something to warm your bones while waiting for sunny days to find your home, this soup is sure to fit the bill.

How Does Seedless Watermelon Grow?

Spring 2018 has officially begun! We hope that you are excited as we are about the start of another gardening season. Each season, we highly recommend that every gardener tries something new, whether it is a new variety, a new type of plant, a new cultural technique, or even a new way recipe for a favorite vegetable. Check out our newest offerings and find something new for your garden in 2018.

Not sure what product to try this season? Let us share a few thoughts on 2 product options  below.

Understanding Seedless Watermelon

Thinking Green… Green Peas That Is!

With St. Patrick’s Day behind us and the second day of Spring here, we are thinking green!

Fortunately, in many parts of the country, it is already time (or close to time) to sow the earliest direct seeded, cold tolerant vegetables, as St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional time to plant peas in the garden.

Peas are easy to grow but have a limited growing season and do not stay fresh long after harvest.  They grow best in colder soils with temperatures below 70 degrees F. It is important to get the timing just right!

Top 3 Reasons to Start Your Own Seeds

Many people feel intimidated by starting their own plants from seeds. While, growing plants from seed is actually a fairly easy thing to do. All you need are the seeds, containers, seed-starting soil, a light source and water. Starting seeds at home may require a bit more effort upfront but it is well worth the great possibilities!

Watching something you’ve started from seed grow and develop into food for your body, or flowers to enjoy is satisfying and gives a sense of accomplishment. Here are 3 reasons to start your own seeds this season.

Moving into March

The spring equinox and the official start of spring are steadily approaching, arriving this year on March 20th. The last week of February brought sun and mild weather to us here in Wisconsin, and it also brought the return of the first sandhill cranes.

Growing Interest in Starting from Seed

In addition to speaking at the Garden Expo in Madison this month, our staff horticulturist Allen R. Pyle also gave presentations on seed starting to two local Master Gardener groups. Both talks were well attended and well-received by the attendees.

Pasta e Fagioli Slow Cooker Soup Recipe

It has been wet and cold here for days and to help warm up the family I decided to try a new slow cooker soup. Slow cookers are a must have for our family during this time of year. We love hearty flavorful comfort meals without all the time it takes to cook them.

With working most of the day, we want to enjoy our evenings together with our baby before she goes to bed rather than cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. She also has a dairy allergy, so I love finding meals that are family friendly and fit her dietary needs.

Pollinator-Friendly Gardening, WI Garden Expo Handout

Thank you to everyone who came out to my presentation at the Wisconsin Public Television’s Garden Expo over the weekend. I hope that you enjoyed learning more about our pollinators and will create your own pollinator habitat in your garden this season. Please use the link below to access the handout from the presentation and feel free to reach out with any additional questions.

Happy Gardening from all of us at Jung Seed Co.!