Category Archives: Garden Tips and Tricks

How to Harvest Vegetables in a No-Till Garden

Food Pantry VegetablesOne of the goals of a no-till garden is leave the soil undisturbed whenever possible. In a traditional garden, the end-of-season vegetables get uprooted, usually with the soil pulled out along with it, then the soil is turned over to aerate it. In a no-till garden, it is important NOT to destroy the microbes in the soil. Keeping most of the vegetable roots in the ground at the end of the season means the microbes will stay put and will not be destroyed.

10 Fall Vegetable Seeds to Start Now

Beet Greens

At the beginning of the year we discussed spring seed starting and now it is fall seed planting season. Typically, you need to start your fall seeds 10 to 12 weeks before your first frost date. Read labels carefully as this time frame is a generalization and you might need more or less time in the growing process. Below is a great list to get started planting this summer for great eats all fall.

10 Fall Vegetable Seed Varieties —

  1. Arugula
  2. Cabbage
  3. Cauliflower
  4. Broccoli
  5. Purple Mustard Greens
  6. Rutabaga
  7. Radish

Pinch a Coleus

Coleus and Thai BasilColeus has always been one of my favorite plants because of all the bold foliage combinations and the joyous way it seems to combine with herbs and vegetables. Those colors, in particular, make it easy to love whether planted in beds or containers.

HOW TO PINCH A COLEUS:

  1. Place the stem of the plant, just above the top leaves, between your thumb and finger. Dig your fingernail firmly into the stem, pinching the stem completely off the plant in the center of the V where the leaves come together.

How to Cut Back Naturalized Bulb Stems

Pink tulipsTulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are perennial plants that bloom in the spring. Many people want to cut the stems and clear the area immediately after the flower has stopped blooming, but in order to have them come back in a naturalized fashion next year, it is important to help them develop a stronger bulb and root system.

First, snip out the flower stem once it is done blooming so seed does not form. Then leave the rest of the plant alone until the leaves have browned and fallen to the ground. At that time you can rake the plant’s leaves up. If the unsightly browning is disturbing to you, simply wait until the leaves are wilting and mostly yellow, then cut them until only a small portion remains above the ground.

Plant a Zinnia

Orange ZinniaThere is still time left to plant your Jung Seed zinnia seeds in the cutting garden which, with luck and an Indian Summer, can bloom straight on into late October. Beyond smiling every time you see a zinnia, they are astoundingly great bee and butterfly attracters which are hardy through a few frosts and totally drought tolerant.

Follow package directions for direct sowing zinnia seeds into the garden soil, making sure to amend the soil so it is loose and filled with fertile organic matter so that it drains well. Be sure to water zinnias at the base of the plant to prevent powdery mildew.

How to Grow a Grafted Tomato

Indigo Rose Tomato Photograph
There are many advantages to growing grafted plants such as tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers including higher yields, improved pest & disease resistance, stronger growth, larger fruits, and a longer harvest season.

Jung Seed has a wide selection of grafted vegetables. Planting them is easy, but slightly different than planting traditional plants. They should be planted in the soil with the grafting scar above soil level (see video below to see where you locate the scar).

Tomato Garden

Planting Groundcovers

Chocolate Chip Ajuga
Groundcovers are the ultimate space fillers and low-maintenance solutions in the garden world. They can easily be planted so that they crowd out weeds with beautiful foliage colors and shapes. There are two different styles of groundcovers; clumpers or creepers. While clumpers can be expected to stay in place, creepers often spread via rhizomatous means and are fast to fill in an area. Most groundcovers look best when planted in groupings that are allowed to gradually fill in to resemble Sweet Woodruffa carpet.

How to Plant Vegetables to Survive Drought

Front lawn mixed vegetable gardenWhile herbs and vegetables are not commonly drought tolerant, there are a few tips I can give you to help shore up your garden before planting in order to help it survive drought conditions.

Tips for Soil and Mulch

Soil — Soil is very important – amend soil so that it drains well, yet works consistently to hold moisture after watering. Do this by amending soil with natural amendments such as rotted manure, compost, and leaf mold.

Mulch — Mulch helps hold moisture in soil. Expensive mulch is not necessary; chipped wood, which contains ground branches, bark, and leaves function well. Utilizing mulch that has no dyes or chemicals added is much better for your soil and plants.

Happy Spring from Jung Seed

Dick Zondag and Nathan Zondag 2014
Dick Zondag, Jung Seed CEO, and son Nathan Zondag, Jung Seed VP

Happy Spring! Welcome to one of our very first blog posts of the season on the JungSeed.com website – there will be many more to come giving you tips, ideas, and information on growing.Jung Seed the Science of Seed Production

From the moment Dick Zondag (right) approached me and asked me to grow and test JungSeed.com plants, I realized that Jung Seed is about more than growing and selling seed – it is about growing family. When visiting the corporate headquarters in Randolph, Wisconsin, I was struck by the longevity of the employees. A surprising number of the personnel have worked at Jung for more than twenty years and their family is tied intricately to the Jung Seed culture.