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Beets for Greens

Beet Greens When I was growing up on a farm in Indiana, my most important dinner table goal was avoiding beets and brussels sprouts. Who could have known that I would grow up to love them with such a passion?

Beets make one of the most fantastic ornamental edibles to mix in with flower containers and work well in a cool season garden or for successive planting. Generally grown for their root, the beet green is my favorite part – it’s ornamental above ground and can be harvested for a delicious salad several times throughout the season.

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.

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 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 Start Seeds

2013 Back Garden Color Block PlanBefore you start the seeds for the spring planting, you will need to have a planting plan in mind in order to make the most of your seed investment. Normally, I draw up an idea up in January or February on paper (see below), order the seeds from Jung Seeds, and get busy starting them in a sunny window. This particular plan (see second photo below) involved a color block contrasting garden with raised beds.Shade Garden Design Vegetable ColorblockingWhat you will need –