It’s official – Jung is growing organic! Since 1907 we’ve supplied the highest quality seeds at fair prices to gardeners and farmers. Now we are committed to providing the same reliability and excellence in every organic seed packet along with some of the best prices in the country.
For seeds to be labeled organic they must be nurtured and processed in strict accordance with the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) standards. We identified organic varieties of old classics and customer favorites as well as selected exciting up-and-comers for our 2019 catalog.
Coleus 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:
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.
Tulips, 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.
While 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.
Turnips are very easy to grow and can be grown for either their root or their tops. They do fantastically in my front lawn vegetable garden (see below video) and grow to a giant size in fertile area. Turnips prefer a well-drained soil and are cool weather vegetables. Plants need to be set out three to four weeks before the last hard frost in spring. They can also be planted in the fall for a secondary crop of cool weather deliciousness.
While the winter still has some of the northern part of the United States covered in snow and brown; the nearness of spring allows my mind to drift to future summer garden design ideas. I say we fantasize of summer with some drought tolerant sedum. Jung Seed has a nice selection of sedum plants to order in the spring.
Fresh cut flowers are the ultimate accent piece for any décor. They add color, fragrance and a touch of nature’s love that elicits an emotional response within us, that is just as strong as the sensory. To put it in the simplest of terms, fresh cut flowers, bring us joy.
If you love fresh cut flowers, but thought they were only the venue of those who can afford a weekly florist bill, take heart. You can grow your own cut flower garden easier than you think. It just takes a little planning and forethought on your part and managing your expectations.