No matter where you are in the U.S., Florida to Wisconsin, many of us are wishing for warmer days. While I cannot provide you with sunshine and warm weather, this easy crock pot Zuppa Toscana recipe is sure to help comfort and warm up your family.
Zuppa Toscana is a copycat recipe from one of my favorite Olive Garden soups. It is deliciously creamy with tender potatoes, flavorful sausage and healthy kale, garlic and onions. It tastes even better with home grown vegetables. If you store your harvest, this is a great recipe for you. Visit your root cellar and take out those frozen veggies to enjoy a garden-fresh savory meal tonight!
With winter underway and seed catalogs delivered, it’s easy to begin to get excited about planning for the upcoming garden season. In some areas, it’s already time to begin starting some types of seed indoors!
4 Tips for Improving Seed Starting Success
The best strategies for improving success and consistency with seed germination and to increase the quality of the seedlings you grow are:
- Use a high-quality seed starting media
- Provide the proper germination temperature
- Consistently keep the media properly moist
- Provide sufficient light intensity
With a new catalog comes the opportunity to try new products in your garden. This year we have added a large variety of exciting new seeds, plants and gardening supplies. Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to some of our new for 2018 offerings to help you get insight into what will work best in your garden this year.
We know you have a lot of choices, but many people have limited space when it comes to growing their garden. That is why, this week we are showcasing some of our favorite new vegetables to the Jung Seed Co. catalog that not only work in large spaces but do great in containers or small gardens.
Happy winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter! As 2017 winds down, we want to take the time to send all of our customers and their families our warmest and most heartfelt holiday wishes. May your winter holiday season be safe, festive, and filled with plenty of joyful times with friends and family.
The start of winter and the holiday season also means that our 2018 catalogs will be arriving very soon! Look for them to arrive by the end of the month. We hope that browsing our new catalog helps to remedy the “winter blahs” and fuels your plans for spring. For those of you that prefer perusing the catalog online, enjoy this link to the new 2018 Jung Spring Catalog.
As we work to put the final touches on our 2018 catalog, here is another sneak peek at some of our favorite new varieties for the upcoming season. Our 2018 catalog will be reaching mailboxes in late December. We hope our new catalog provides enjoyable winter perusing and fuels your plans for your garden in the coming spring
Sweet Corn American Dream – A bicolor sh2 sweet corn honored with a coveted All-America Selections award in 2017. This 77 day variety has excellent germination and very tender, extra sweet kernels that maintain their sweetness for an extended period. If you like Honey ‘N Pearl, you’ll love American Dream! We also believe that this is an excellent choice for those looking for a replacement for Xtra-Tender 277A.
The first Thanksgiving celebration dates back to the early 1620s in the Plymouth colony. Though the tradition has evolved over the centuries, it remains a special time to give thanks for the blessings in our lives and to share the harvest bounty with family, friends, and community.
We want to take time this Thanksgiving season to look back on this past year to recognize, honor, and give thanks for all of the challenges, opportunities, and blessings we experienced over the past year.
With Thanksgiving less than a week away and consistently cold temperatures bringing winter ever closer, we remain hard at work putting the final touches on our 2018 catalog. We are excited about the upcoming season and the new items we can offer to our customers. We believe you will find many worthy garden varieties in our new 2018 offerings. To wet your appetite, here is a sneak peek of a few of the varieties we’ll be adding.
Garden mums, or Chrysanthemums, are often bought annually to add color to the fall garden or used as seasonal home décor but with some winter care your mums can come back blooming year after year.
Overwintering hardy garden mums that are planted in fall from plants purchased at the garden centers can be difficult. The plants do not have time to completely establish before the cold weather hits but there are two simple steps that will increase the chances of survival through the winter.
- Trim the plants back once the cold weather has injured the tops of the plants. Cut them back with a pruner about 2-4 inches above the ground.
The weather has been sunny and cool here in Wisconsin over the last week, as we work to finalize our catalog for the 2018 season. As leaves start changing colors and the first fall frost approaches, it is once again time prioritize finishing the last garden chores to ready the garden for the winter.
Tool Cleanup & Storage
An important, but sometimes overlooked, fall chore is properly cleaning and storing tools and garden equipment for winter. Proper tool care will significantly prolong the lifespan of garden tools, and helps to ensure that everything is accessible and ready for use when needed in spring.
I love one pan meals for an easy and quick week night dinner. Less pots, pans, and baking dishes mean less clean up and more time to enjoy with family. Fall brings chilly evenings, which often brings the family inside and together. What better way to show your family extra love than with a warm fresh from the garden harvest dinner?!